GRATEFUL GIRL'S THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Expectation is a curious and powerful thing.
It sets the tone or changes it; it raises or lowers the bar; it takes us by surprise or confirms suspicions; it validates notions or squashes suppositions. It obliterates stereotype, yo. And that's just for starters.
The trickiest thing about setting expectations is the periphery. How do you set the bar high enough to challenge yourself to greatness... without making the goal unrealistic? Hmm.
At work, for instance, you want to meet and exceed what's expected of you on every assignment, every task, every request/demand. Like, yesterday. At home, you want to provide for even the tiniest need of every member of your family. Everyday. At the game/meet/match, you want to come in first place. In the community you want to do your part to be a good citizen. In church, on the charitable board, or pretty much any other place on the third rock from the sun, you want to be a faithful steward of what's been entrusted to your care.
That's some serious expectation, no? Whew.
Yet, wrangling and conquering expectation really only takes three simple steps:
1. Make the objective admirable but attainable. Set the mark high enough for approval but not so tall that you'll need a parachute to get down.
2. Make the deadline reasonable. You aren't from the planet Krypton; don't pretend otherwise, especially if you are flying solo.
3. Work your tail feathers off the get it done; preferably one day before it was promised. Seriously.
As long as you work your hardest with earnest and positive intent from start to finish; you're already halfway there. A little prayer every now again certainly can't hurt, either.
Here's hoping you have a great day, peeps; I expect no less. Wink.
Ps 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9 R. (8) The Lord of hosts is with us; our stronghold is the God of Jacob. God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in distress. Therefore we fear not, though the earth be shaken and mountains plunge into the depths of the sea. Verse Before the Gospel Ps 51:12a, 14a A clean heart create for me, O God; give me back the joy of your salvation.