Give More…. Expect Less
This seems like the perfect motto to follow, right? Allow me to explain why this “key to happiness” irritates me, with a series of questions.
1. WHY, do I need to expect less in order to be happy?
2. WHO/WHAT am I expecting less from? People? My job? My environment? The President? Strangers?
3. HOW is not expecting the most, or any good amount, of anything and from everyone going to make me happy?
Oh yeah, it’s going to help me avoid disappointment. *Insert exaggerated eye roll here* LIFE HAS DISAPPOINTMENTS!!! Expecting less isn’t going to prevent you from experiencing them. And what good is a hard heart?
Want to know something crazy? I used to live by this “rule”. I was basically a walking billboard for this school of thought. I honestly believed that expecting little to nothing would help my avoid troubles, stress and heartache. I just knew that my sweet victories would be that much sweeter. Not true. Not true at all.
My reality now? I expect Everything. I expect more than my mind can currently conceive. Why? Because I live with a God inside of me who can give me everything that I want and more. Why, oh why, would I limit my blessings? Why would I limit God by expecting less of Him?
The only key to happiness that I know to work 100% of the time is God. Keep the Insta-wisdom. Try God and see how it works out.