Moving through it
I wonder about expectations often.
How do you perceive the expectations placed on us by society and ourselves?
How does it enhance or diminish your experience of where you are and the path you are on?
Being present is the gift we are able to give ourselves.
Being present even in the muck of life sharpens our vision.
Our eyes adjust to darkness when we shut our eyes and lean into the dark. Open them and notice how you suddenly are able to make out at least the shape of your hand feeling for the door handle or the key to a way out.
Breathe with intention and take in your surroundings without judging them against your expectations.
What I have learned:
Expectations can enhance our experience by providing a framework for us to operate within. They can give us direction, purpose, and motivation. Having expectations can help us set goals for ourselves and strive towards achieving them.
However, if our expectations are too rigid or unrealistic, they can diminish our experience and lead to disappointment, frustration, and even a sense of failure. When we focus too much on our expectations, we may miss out on the beauty and opportunities of the present moment. We may also get stuck in our own narrow perspective and miss out on the valuable insights and lessons that life has to offer.
Ultimately, it's important to strike a balance between having expectations and being present. By staying open, curious, and grounded in the present moment, we can cultivate a sense of gratitude and wonder for the journey we are on. We can appreciate the small joys and challenges along the way, and grow into our fullest potential.
May you move gently through it all.
always in love,