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Today’s question is the same as yesterday’s- so I’ll see what comes up for me now .
I’m surprised by how much life teaches me each moment and when I let go of ideas, expectations, thoughts, storylines about the past and the future there is freedom.
Freedom from the bondages of ruminating.
Love, truth and trust open up when I let go.
That I can share my life with my partner for over 30 years and we’re still talking and have common interests.
I have had to tailor my expectations. At age 16, I set out to change the world with love. Of course, the part of the world that changed the most was myself, and not even that successfully, ha! My expectations are presently a good deal more humble, yet I am a great deal more grateful for even the smallest lasting change.
The desire of others to give. To give of their time, of their experience, of their resources. It amazes me how people have no expectation of a benefit to themselves and just give.
Life in general has surpassed my expectations – as a child I was small and a late bloomer add this to family addiction issues and let’s just say life was tough and I had to get tough to survive.
Then as a young adult my path began to get smoother, only for me to have mysterious health, pregnancy and pain issues – – well at 30 I thought this is it I will be like this the rest of my life. Childless and unable to move much if any at all!
But then I was gifted with Tai chi, meditation through contemplative prayer, good doctors AND had a child and my life turned around!
You just never know what to expect if you remain hopeful, grateful, and keep trying.
At times I am so thankful for minor issues because that means I am functioning – LIVING!!!
When I take the time to look back I realize I had never expected the life I am living – it has surpassed any hope I held during my dark times.
Being a twin. To share childhood with another makes for a lifetime loving bond. Which I did not expect as a child.
The willingness of other people to accept me as I am. I think my anxiety set the expectations very low, but I’m blown away by how much some people can not just accept, but earnestly love, my quirky and weird self.
My ability to know love, give love, BE love, and be LOVED. I had it all wrong in the past, and I thank God for His grace, patience, guidance, and, of course, love! He taught me to love myself, and that changed my entire world.
Being alive is in and of itself surpassed anything! Life is a miracle! I have a precious human life that is something to truly be grateful and amazed by!
The depth of a bond between human and animal.
Nice to see you again!
Thank you Michele!
Yes that has been a big theme for me.
Welcome back, dear Francine! So long since you have been here present. It is joy to see you again. Greetings from my heart, Ose.
Thank you Ose!
So hard to answer as I’m not really sure what expectations I have had!
But a few things do strike me – the love shown to me by family and my husband -I am forever grateful and somewhat surprised by the strength and endurance of their love; the fact that I have come full circle -I started in a job I loved (teaching), somehow accidentally ended up as a Head Teacher of the school I was in and then executive Head of three school, nearly collapsed under the strain, took time out, struggled to find self worth again and finally have ended up back in my original school in class, enjoying the time with the children; amazing improvements to my health allowing me to live normally, at least for now….
It is good to stop and think and realise again how lucky I am.
The power and resilience of the Truth. And the stupidity and ignorance of those that think they can hide or obscure it.
How much I remember. I’m two-thirds through life and even the distant past feels close at hand — mainly the things that have come to make my life feel meaningful to me. I’ve saved a lot of mementos over the years, which helps, but I also feel wealthy in my memory.
Retired life in central Mexico. Been here since 2003!
My current life, for the last few yrs, and as far into the future as I can ‘see’. Such wonderful changes from most of my earlier life.
You are a ray of sunshine, Mica. 🙂
I am incredibly lucky : )
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