Gratitude and Expectations

A mantra I use which has greatly increased the joy and decreased the sadness and disappointments in my life is:

“Be grateful for everything and expect nothing.”

As with many of life’s profound messages, it is easy to say but easy to forget when life throws distractions, hurdles, challenges, deadlines, and more my way. That is why I often repeat it every day. Through daily repetition I’m focused on making it a habit that is as natural for me as waking up every morning and resting when I’m tired.

“Be grateful for everything and expect nothing.”

It works for me when I remind myself of its life-enhancing power. I believe it is another important piece of the puzzle of the great adventure of life.

With Love,



About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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14 Responses to Gratitude and Expectations

  1. I kind of understand your thinking… be grateful, but if one does not expect then it won’t lead to disappointment. If it helps you then that is great. I just can’t bring myself to expect ‘nothing’… I do expect love and acceptance from those close to me…I do expect to feel joy.

    I do know that you are a loving, kind and ‘grateful’ person for all of your blessings…. and maybe I’m misinterpreting the essence of what you’re saying. You’re definitely right that if we do expect something and don’t receive it, sadness may follow… Anyway, Russ just rambling ! Diane

    • russtowne says:

      Your “rambling” is always welcome here, dear friend. I appreciate your feedback and don’t consider it to be rambling at all.

      I focus on being the best me I can be and figure that if I do that I’m likely to attract others to my life (and vice versa) who are doing the same.


  2. utesmile says:

    The best Mantra, Russ, This is what I keep saying !

  3. ksbeth says:

    i love this ralph, and try to live by this as well –

  4. sharechair says:

    excellent!! I try to live each day with this in mind.

  5. Val Boyko says:

    Wisdom from the sages Russ 🙂

  6. Mrs. P says:

    Me too!

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