Great Expectations

29 Dec

Unlike my high school peers, I devoured Great Expectations.   Fifty-nine chapters in a three-day Dickensian binge.  Pip, Miss Havisham, Magwitch, the whole lot.  Intrigue, deception, and, yes, expectation.

We need expectation in our lives — that anticipation of something new, something better, something “more.”  It fuels our dreams, feeds our souls, and offers hope for the future.

But unreasonable expectations will crush us.

It’s getting to that time of year when we take a look at the past with an eye to the future — the would’a-could’a-should’a time.

Most of us say next year will be different.  And for most of us, it won’t.

Why?  Because our expectations exceed our ability to achieve those expectations.

We make wishes with no foundation, no basis of support.  We don’t have  reasonable expectations and a plan of action to accomplish those expectations.

Try something different this year.  Instead of making wishes, take a look at your glass.  What’s missing?  How can you fill it?  What can you do to  achieve just one realistic expectation?

Wouldn’t you like that win?

My expectation for you — and my gift to you —  is to ask you to read Max Erhmann’s Desiderata.  If you haven’t read it, read it now.  If you know it but it’s been a while, read it again.  It’s worth it.

Be gentle with yourself.  Be cheerful.  Strive to be happy.


2 Responses to “Great Expectations”

  1. freya46 December 29, 2011 at 7:56 pm #

    I was thinking the same ting the other day. I don’t make resolutions, as such. I’d just forget them anyway. *grin* I am hoping to get my apt. in better shape. And to lose at least the 20 lbs I’ve put back on. If not more. 🙂

    I have Desiderata hanging on my bedroom wall. 🙂 It is excellent. 🙂

    My wish for you is that you get closer to that goal. 🙂

    • Donna December 29, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

      Desiderata lived in my kitchen for many, many years. Something about “Go placidly…..”

      Thanks for sharing.

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