Day 150 (A Hundred & Fifty) of 365 days
We should be thankful in life and should always be aware of the fact that we have so much as compared to others. Yes, you should dream and work hard to achieve your dreams, but you need to understand the fact that you have to first respect the material thing that you already have. Expecting less from life will result in being free from disappointments because when you expect nothing you get far more than what you deserve.
Life is rarely what we expect it to be. Sometimes, it’s better than we expect. Other times, it just is as it is. Set your expectations to zero, show up at 110% every day, and your positive attitude will drive your 110% experience of life. Moreover, you won’t be depleting precious mental energy by beating yourself and others up because you’re disappointed and angry at not having your expectations met.
Having low expectations does not mean that you don’t “go for it,” establish goals, or have visionary dreams. Setting your expectations to zero means that you can minimize your emotional setbacks that deplete and drain your vision of valuable energy. When you’re able to accept the outcome as it is, then you can rise from any fall, thus increasing your power of resiliency to move forward more quickly. When you give it your best shot and you miss, it’s not seen as a failure. Instead, it’s just another opportunity to step up to the plate and do it better next time. Expect nothing and you’ll have everything. Strive every moment you’re alive to bring an attitude of excellence and integrity to your actions and words, and the result will reflect the brilliance you bring.
Take a breath. Hold it in, only for a moment. Now let it go. And with it, let go of every expectation you are holding on to. We all do it; expect our life to look or be or maybe have turned out a certain way. Trust me, it shouldn’t have. And when I say trust me, what I mean is trust you. Trust your decisions, good and bad. Trust your spontaneous judgments and not-so-glamorous mishaps. Trust that every feeling of regret was, in actuality, a feeling of growth. Trust that every letdown, every wrong corner turned or mistake made was, in actuality, needed. Trust that if life were to go exactly how you would have expected it to… it would not be yours. It would not be your life. It would not be messy. It would not be turbulent. It would not be undeniably heartbreaking. It would not be surprising. It would not be challenging. It would not be transformative. It would not be beautiful in all its imperfections. It would not be a map of every battle won. It would not be a journal of every tear shed. It would not be your life. And that would be a shame.
Take a breath. Hold it in, only for a moment. Now let it go, and with it, accept everything, exactly how it is. You may still have questions. You may still wonder why to certain things, or how to certain people. You may still be thinking what; what could you have done differently? What did you do wrong? What was the reason for this? Let it go. Let it all go. These questions are questions we have to reflect on (for a moment) then accept. They are not questions we have to relive. Trust yourself enough to accept every single little thing that was, is, and will ever be in your life because life is what happens when you are expecting nothing, and accepting everything.