Managing Expectations

30 Apr 2019

We all expect much of others, we expect much of ourselves and expect much of life.


But I believe we are looking at it all wrong.


Your attention shouldn’t be focused on what you expect of life, but rather what life expects of you.


What is your unique calling


What are your unique qualities


What is it that you can bring, that no one else can, that will leave a mark on others 


You see, we all have a need to be needed, to feel valued, to know that we are making a meaningful contribution


To know that we will be missed when we are gone,


That we are relied upon


This is sometimes quite a burden to bare, there’s an unavoidable and inherent element of self-sacrifice in it,


Sometimes even some personal suffering to be endured


But this is where meaning is ultimately found, not in suffering per se, but in answering what you’re called to do, who you are called to be, regardless of the consequences


In actualising your unique human potentialities, as each situation calls upon you to do


In maintaining your integrity, your humanity, even in the face of adversity


This is what separates human from animal.


Meaning is not found in the pursuit of happiness, in seeking pleasure and avoiding pain


It’s found in taking upon yourself the responsibility to bring what you’ve got to offer to the world and to will it into existence


To contribute to the archive of human history 


Because what you ultimately leave behind matters


You don’t only owe it to yourself, you owe it to the rest of us


To your family and friends, to your children, to future generations 


So next time you find yourself expecting something of others, first ask yourself, what do they expect of me? 


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