We all have desires.
Our intentions and our goals give us direction.
They cause us to focus our efforts.
For expectations are powerful forces indeed.
They cause us close down possibilities.
And often we feel pressure to make those expectations a reality.
When we do that, we miss out on quite a lot.
For expectations often bring with them resistance.
There is a forcing that happens when we expect something to happen.
We push and strive and work ourselves into a frenzy.
And when those expectations are not met. we can become angry, depressed, or sad.
We can find ourselves in situation far greater that anything we could conceive.
Sometimes, we need to get lost to lose our expectations.
And in that moment of feeling lost and without direction, we stumble upon something wonderful.
Or perhaps we are creating an event, and we want everything to be perfect.
Yet when we focus on being present and being open to what life brings us, we can find enormous opportunity for things to go far beyond what we could have expected.
There is real magic in being open and being present to what life presents.
When we try to control every potential outcome, when we force things to only go a certain way, then that is all life can bring us.
When our arms are open, we can receive.
If our arms are folded, then we can only observe.
So let's make this year a year of possibilities and openness.
Let's find more ways to be present to the gifts of life.
Can you find a way to let go of your expectations?
~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant