After many painful and beautiful friendships, I learned to stop expecting too much from friends. While it’s noble to have high expectations, they often lead us to disappointment. Having too-low expectations doesn’t fulfill us. It’s far better to have realistic expectations. We can then accept our friends’ flaws and enjoy their presence more. Best of all, we learn how to stop seeking external validation and find joy within. But lowering our expectations isn’t easy, especially for recovering perfectionists. No one wants to invite jerks into their lives. Listen to this episode to learn why expectations and boundaries go together, how to assess and choose your friendships and why it's essential to find joy within.
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