I love this Anthony Hopkins quote!  I want to… somehow… imprint it deep in my psyche!

“My philosophy is:  It’s none of my business what people say of me and think of me.  I am what I am and I do what I do.  I expect nothing and accept everything.  And it makes life so much easier”.

sigh

Imagine how liberating that must be?  I love that concept… it’s none of my business what other people say or think about me.  I need to remind myself of that.  Again and again.  And again.

It’s exhausting and draining… to live according to the expectations of others.  As Shakespeare said:

“Expectation is the root of all heartache”

I totally agree.

I have spent so much of my life trying to please others… trying to live up to expectations… trying to do the “right” things… trying to live life the “right” way… trying not to piss too many people off… making decisions because I felt I ought to make them… or because other people thought I ought to make them…  and on and on it went.  Blah-dee-blah….!

Here’s another quote I resonate with (since I’m in a bit of a quote’y mood tonight)…

“I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me.

I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.”

– José Micard Teixeira

Okay.  Time to sleep.  Zzzz….