Ob-la-di Ob-la-da

Doing some thinking about managing expectations today, and I remembered this little bit o’ something from a while ago. It touches on a number of the things that have been floating around in my cranium this week as I try to re-focus on some things that need attention.

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I’m trying reallyreally hard to follow the advice I gave myself the other day (while channelling two of my mentors- Cat Stevens and Papa Kaz).

Just sit down and take it slowly.

Breathe.  And let it go.  All of it.

But, somehow, expectations are among the things that we seem to cling to.  Sometimes these expectations can get all mixed up with something that is thrown around as a negative descriptor a lot these days (I used it myself recently)- entitlement.

‘The act or state of looking forward or anticipating… a prospect of future good’ = expectation

‘The belief that one is deserving of or entitled to certain privileges’ = entitlement

The differences are subtle:  that which we think we deserve vs. that which we feel it was reasonable to anticipate.

Likewise two terms that are connected with the collapse of expectations:

‘The feeling of dissatisfaction that follows the failure…

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