May 2nd: Joy and Expectations

May 2nd

Last night I spent time with an old friend… someone very dear to my heart.

Yet there was a time, when I was so attached to the idea of what I expected of our friendship, that I couldn’t even enjoy my time with him.

I projected an idea of what I thought it “should” be and I held to it; what I wanted… what I believed was needed… my rules… my way.

Tonight, with no expectations, no projections, I found great joy in his company once again.

We laughed.

We caught up on each other’s lives.

And I was reminded how much joy the friendship had brought to me, before I started placing so much emphasis on how I thought it “should be.”

What do I know about “should?”

Preconceived notions regarding what life “should” be only leave me unable to grow and see the limitless possibilities of having an open mind.

Maybe it is time I took a step away from what I believe life “should” be and let my Higher Power take the lead for awhile.

“Dear God, help me to let go of what I believe life should be… and live life as it is… one day at a time… with an open mind and an open heart.”

Photo credit: Bill Thompson

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2 thoughts on “May 2nd: Joy and Expectations

  1. Appreciated this post. “Should” can make things difficult and limiting, and I’ve found I even feel guilt at times from thinking that way. “Should be this, should have done that … ” 🙂

    • Sometimes I just get caught up in my version of things… my idea of what it should be… and I stomp all over reality and don’t even look if the person I’m creating this entire fantasy about even has the capability in real-life to meet my expectations… I have been learning over the past few years to stay in the moment more… and try not to project! 🙂 D.

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