Great Expectations

Tell us about one thing (or more) that you promised yourself you’d accomplish by the end of the year. How would you feel once you do? What if you don’t?

This prompt assumes one thing…that I’ve made myself a promise to do something within the year. Kind of like a New Year’s Resolution. Oh, and what guilt would I feel if I didn’t do it. Or what joy would come from doing it. Well, I’m so sorry to disappoint you, but I don’t make myself promises like that, because no one knows what tomorrow will bring.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. ~Matthew 6:34

We’ve said that a million times, yet we still do. We worry about what we cannot see instead of just living in the moment. I’m not here to preach the bible to you…I’m not qualified to do so. But there is something to be said about not putting our worries into what we have no control over. And we have no control over tomorrow.

The only promises I make to myself is to try my hardest and give my best effort. Failure is ok, and that is one thing I certainly expect. Without it, you cannot grow, you cannot learn. Goals only work if you continue to stretch them beyond what you think you are capable of doing at this moment in time.

And one thing I do not want is to set myself up for failure. Making promises is exactly what I am doing. Sure, I could use it as motivation not to, but goals are just that…goals, not promises. At the end of this year, I want to be able to look back and find joy in it all. Maybe somethings won’t work out according to plan, but then again, if everything did, I would be so bored.

Live life for what it is. Focus on today and don’t worry about tomorrow.

That’s the greatest expectation I could ever have.



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