If I expect nothing of myself

Then nothing I become

And the gift of time is wasted

Leaving only crumbs


If I set the bar too high

Failure is easy to find

And the fear of failing

An obstacle to the mind


If I set the bar too low

Success is more assured

But then I oddly wonder

What is the bar there for


If I set my eyes upon

Just gaining an inch each day

The gift of time will be well used

And I, changed in wonderful ways


Tomorrow never promised

But I do have a plan

Gain that next inch of growth

And become a better man


13 Responses to “Expectations”
  1. beth says:

    I love this approach and attitude. I took a yoga class a couple of years ago, and was a beginning beginner. I looked around and most others were at a more advanced level. I talked to my teacher about it and she said, ‘each person has their own practice. just think, each time you are here, you are going an inch further. just imagine what will happen over time.’ it really helped me not compare myself and put it all in perspective.

    • Brad Osborne says:

      It is human nature to measure ourselves. The important thing is what we measure ourselves against. Thank you for sharing your experience, Beth! It is a perfect analogy. πŸ™

  2. kristianw84 says:

    I keep reminding myself in all I do, it is progress and not perfection I am after. I believe the only true failures in life are those who believe they have no room left for improvement. Well said, my friend!

  3. This brings up so much circuitous thought in my head that I can’t separate the thoughts enough to put them into sentences. It may be one of those things we put on the list to talk about when we are face-to-face for a length of time. But I really liked this message!

  4. This poem contains a very valuable lesson as well as an example of how to approach life in a positive, growth oriented manner. Wonderful writing my friend!

  5. petespringerauthor says:

    Marvelous piece of work, Brad! You know I’m a sucker for positivity. Those incremental improvements eventually add up.

  6. jonicaggiano says:

    So true what you write, it does depend on whose bar you are using. I try to use what I think Jesus would want me to do and who He would want me to be. Of course, I fall miserably short of that. Still something we should all think about because life is short. Love Jonikins πŸŽŠπŸ‘πŸŒΌ

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