Keep high aspirations, moderate expectations and small needs.
It’s fine to have expectations, I think we all do. It’s when we set them too high that problems can happen. Our high expectations can blind us to the blessings right in front of us. By keeping our expectations in check and we might find all we could ever hope for, and much more, right in front of our eyes.
Example: I had high expectations of Spring, Now I’m disappointed almost to the point of being angry that it is still winter like here. And if I’m not careful, I might just miss out on the beauty that is all around me today.
Unrealistic expectations can and will lead to disappointment. Sometimes we set our sights to low and don’t achieve as much as we can. Other time we expect too much and constantly feel as though we don’t measure up.
The more you are focused on time- past and future- the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.
I think the answer is to live like children do. They live in the moment without expectation and see the joy in what is happening right now. Our happiness doesn’t reside in the future and it hasn’t passed us by. There is no perfect moment to come. There will never be a more perfect moment than this one, because this moment is absolutely as it is supposed to be.
I always remember that I have everything I need to enjoy my here and now, unless I am letting my consciousness be dominated by demands and expectations based on the dead past or the imagined future.
Ken Keyes Jr.