As the year comes to an end, it’s only natural to look back over 2013 in reflection and look forward to new goals and resolutions in the year to come. I am horrible with resolutions, so every January I try to come up with a saying for the year – a combination of goals and dreams, lessons learned and ways to grow.
Taking Chances, Enjoy Today, Open to Love, Closed to Love (haha), and Magic Moments are a few of the themes I’ve had over the years. After reflecting over the highs and lows of 2013 I think my theme for 2014 is going to be…. EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED
Expectations are both a blessing and a curse. If you don’t expect anything…you won’t be disappointed, but you also set the standards pretty low for anything great to happen. If your expectations are high, you run the risk of failure, disappointment, heartbreak. But perhaps expecting the unexpected could bring a little bit of magic, a little bit of amazement back into the world.
I’m sure I am not alone. Maybe you didn’t get the dream job you knew you were so perfect for. Maybe the treatment didn’t work and the cancer returned. Your parents split up. Your friend passed away. Maybe you lost your house….At some point in our lives we have all had to deal with disappointed expectations. Of God. Of others. Of ourselves.
How do we handle our disappointed expectations? I must confess, I haven’t been so great at handling mine. I keep busy. Really busy. I travel. I do the things that bring me the most joy. I try to give back and serve in my community. Most days I pray. Some days I go on strike. Some days I cry. Some days I cry a lot.
But if life always went our way and we always got what we wanted, we would never grow.
Maybe the disappointed expectation that we face today will lead us to the unexpected of tomorrow. There is a certain joy and excitement in the unknown. In the unexpected.
Tomorrow is going to come, whether we want it to or not.
How are we going to embrace it?
I am going to expect the unexpected. And trust that something awesome is on the horizon…