Have you ever had expectations for the day and suddenly it took a turn? How often do you expect and how often do you appreciate?

We have plans and expectations for our days that we need to have met (or we think we need to have met). All that means is we want to have control over our day, and sometimes something else shows up.

Now I figured I had planned a balance put together for a productive day of work all while managing the kid’s requests on their day off in the middle of the week We had a scheduled stop at the Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) for my 16-year-old daughter, yes, her temp test. As you probably know where I am going with this story, it didn’t go as expected. It didn’t go well at all on several fronts some of which were our fault and others not. I decided to replace expectation and replace it with appreciation.

Grab some paper and write these times or situations down. Can see if you can spot a pattern. Are there times when you are consistently more expectant and less appreciative? What is the underlying belief which drives that? Are you the person in charge, and others must do as you say?

Think about how you can tone down the expectations and demands, and work more appreciation into your life? And if you’re up for a real challenge, try to take a whole day with no expectation, and respond to everything you possibly can with appreciation.