Expecting Happiness

People will disappoint us.  This is part of life.  Sometimes it will be the people we know and trust.  Other times it will be people we have never met, but in whom we had some degree of hope, faith, or confidence.  The common factor is expectation.  The greater our expectations, the more we have the…

Freedom From Expectations

We sometimes mistakenly associate our freedom with freedom from expectations.  We tell ourselves that their expectations are holding us back from being free, from doing what we want, and from being who we want because what they want from us and who they expect us to be limits our ability to have things utterly and…

Adjusting Expectations

Relationships, no matter what kind, can sometimes be challenging.  There are expectations on all side of every relationship.  These expectations are often unspoken, misspoken, or misunderstood.  This can lead to all manner of navigational difficulty.  It can cause conflict, resistance, and oppositional forces that jeopardize both the relationship and the goals of all who are…

High Expectations

We are less likely to be disheartened and discouraged by life’s disappointments if we simply lower our expectations. But, a life lived with low expectations is hardly worth living. While we may come to accept that the reality of our circumstances is not what we had once hoped for, we should not stop hoping. Hope…