What is, is. What isn’t isn’t. It is what it is. That’s called ‘reality.’ And reality doesn’t always match our expectation of what should be.
Expectations are either met or not met – there’s no in-between. Whenever there is expectation, there is a possibility of either a pleasant surprise or disappointment. But we can’t simply get rid of expectations. No expectation, no disappointment. And no surprises too.
What if we expect life to turn out exactly the way it turns out? In other words, to accept that life is the way it is now. But acceptance doesn’t mean resignation. It simply lifts us out of the futility of dwelling on disappointment over the way life did not turn out as it should have turned out, and liberates us to take new actions toward realising the possibilities of what could be.
Accept what is. Let go of what should be. Strive for what could be.