As we plan for the Holidays our expectations are high and sometimes to high. Through the years, I have learned that my thoughts determine my expectation. My plans for the Holidays seem to take on an added dimension. This component is vital to the outcome of my “High Expectations” but totally out of my control. Of course, the component that is out of my control is other people’s responses.
For some reason I like to be assured that someone likes what I have done. My daughter will say; “Mom, I like it. What else do you want me to do?” Funny thing, I don’t know exactly what I was expecting but I knew it wasn’t enough to convince me that she was impressed. So it became obvious my expectation was about me. It was about me feeling good about what I did by how others responded.
Expectations can sometimes be out of reach when we expect others to respond in a certain fashion. I decided to cut myself some slack and enjoy the memory making Holidays without putting so much pressure on others and me.
Wow! What a relief!
Have you ever been disappointed about an anticipated event?
Do you feel anxious when you can’t make it all look perfect and go perfect?
Proverbs 24:14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.