Great Expectations

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I wonder if it is human nature in general or just part of modern culture to develop and maintain images of how life should be. This time of year for many of us is supposed to be a time of great joy and happiness. Christmastime, the holidays, brings fa-la-la-la-la, eggnog, parties and visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads. Right?

Except, what about when it doesn’t?

Holidays and Christmas can foster high expectations, high anxiety, stress and sleep deprivation. For some of us, joy and happiness don’t exist but worry about being with family, or fear of being alone, takes center stage. We want to feel the positivity we’re supposed to, but we don’t.

Somehow, if we can take things as they come, be appreciative of the little positive things in each day, maybe we can create a life that doesn’t hinge on how things are supposed to be.

Our lives don’t often unfold like those of Christmas movies or storybooks. But the beauty of our lives is they are real. We can let ourselves off the hook and see what happens when we allow things to be as they are.

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