Big Idea: We need to be mindful of our expectations.
When I was a kid, I’d write out the list of everyone I had to shop for: parents, sister, aunts, uncles, grandparents… all of them. Then I’d think up and shop for a unique gift for each one that fit within my budget.
Now, I get a giftster from my kids, and the adults in my life all want gift cards.
Where’s the fun in that? I guess that’s one way not to be disappointed when the gifts are opened.
Disappointment, anger, fear, and worry all have their roots in our expectations. If people don’t behave the way we expect them to, we are disappointed or even angry. If we are afraid that something might not go as expected, we worry. Have our expectations around gifting become too high? (or maybe it’s too low…?)
This week, try this: Try giving up expectations for something small this week, like your lunch. If you have no expectations on how good it will be, it will automatically be excellent! You may have to try this every day this week - it’s harder than it sounds.
Quote: Expectation is the root of all heartache." (William Shakespeare)
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Dad Joke: I quit my job at the helium factory today. I refuse to be spoken to in that tone.
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