Your car slowly and gently slides in the new snow, off the road, into a ditch. The wheels spin. You aren't going anywhere without help. You were expecting to head to work.
You ask your friend how her mother is faring. Yesterday she broke her hip. Today you find out she passed away overnight. You were expecting to hear about her surgery.
You look for your friend's daily Facebook post to see her husband posting on her account. She passed away yesterday afternoon unexpectedly. She's your age. You were expecting to hear an update about her latest travel plans.
You ask your daughter how her day at school was. She shares she wants to live her life as a boy. You were expecting to hear complaints about how much homework the teachers were assigning.
You show up at work to learn your employer's company is closing at the end of the month. You are terminated immediately and escorted off the property. You were expecting to decorate the office for Christmas.
Expectations set us up. Set us up for frustration, disappointment and resentment with every unexpected twist and unanticipated outcome.
Expectations keep us stuck. Keep us focused on what we want. Keep us from being present. Present to what's there, right in front of us.
Expectations support the belief that life happens to you.
Expectations can foster blame, lack of personal responsibility and support a victim mindset: 'bad' things happen; life is unfair and cruel.
Expectations can be used as excuses to resist life, deny reality and fight the truth.
Expectations keep us small. Limit possibilities. Curtail growth.
There is another way.
You can choose to accept life happens for you.
That life supports you. That you are an expression of life.
Even when you don't understand it, you can choose to trust life.
Trust the cancellation, the pink slip, the delay, the downsizing, the traffic jam, the illness, the surprise, the loss, the accident, the death, the news.
Trust there is a higher order at work.
That everything happens for a reason.
That all timing is perfect.
That you are always exactly where you are meant to be, even when it feels messy.
That when you are in alignment with universal truth you will experience more flow, more ease, and increase in coincidence and synchronicity.
It's only your mind that tells you otherwise.
So even and especially when your mind can't make sense of events, dig deep, and fall into trust.
Remain open. Be present. Stay in the process. Trust life. Trust yourself.
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