Acceptance means embracing what is, rather than wishing for what is not. When we accept difficult realities, we are able to discover whatever positive feelings and experiences may be possible in that situation. We find ourselves more at peace and able to experience life more deeply. Even so, acceptance must be guided by discernment – learning how to tell the difference between what we can change and what we cannot.
Acceptance of our faults and the faults of others helps us to be patient and to avoid hurtful kinds of criticism or judgment. By accepting faults we become more able to trust and celebrate strengths. Paradoxically, acceptance often leads to growth because it creates a safe space for insight and understanding. ~ Wisdom Commons
Once we can love and accept ourselves just as we are, our mirror image changes and we can accept and love others just as they are. From a place of acceptance we can then find real joy and peace. 
Any kind of expectation creates a problem. We should accept, but not expect. Whatever comes, accept it. Whatever goes, accept it. The immediate benefit is that your mind is always peaceful.~ Sri Swami Satchidananda
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.~ Buddha
You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.~  Henry David Thoreau
I let it go. It's like swimming against the current. It exhausts you. After a while, whoever you are, you just have to let go, and the river brings you home.~  Joanne Harris
Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune. ~ William James 
As long as you believe their is something unacceptable about you, you will push away love, sabotage success and find struggle.
Acceptance means you allow yourself to feel whatever it is you are feeling at that moment. It is part of the Isness of now.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
Through practice, I’ve come to see that the deepest source of my misery is not wanting things to be the way they are. Not wanting things to be the way they are. Not wanting myself to be the way I am. Not wanting the world to be the way it is. Not wanting others to be the way they are. Whenever I’m suffering, I find this war with reality to be at the heart of the problem.” ~ Stephen Cove.
When you live in complete acceptance of what is, that is the end of all drama in your life.” ~ Eckhart Tolle.

This was used as the Spirit Yoga Theme for the week, I hope it can inspire you to accept not expect! 

Article by Martine Ford