Managing Expectations

As the holiday season comes to a close, many people find themselves feeling blue for no apparent reason. For some, it’s because there are no more parties to look forward to. The house feels empty when all the decorations are put away. Family and friends have gone home. They’re sad because it’s over.

A photo shoot at a department store gone bad. I finally told the photographer to just take the picture. It's now one of my favorites!!

Another group of people will feel down because the holidays didn’t live up to their expectations.  A child who didn’t receive the gift they most desired. A mother who envisioned the perfect Christmas and nothing went according to plan.

Anyone who reads this blog knows I believe in high expectations. The danger lies in not managing your emotions when the results come in. Yes, shoot for the moon, but remember that landing amongst the stars, or even back on earth, is okay. Having lofty goals and dreams and working toward them is a good thing. But unless you enjoy the journey and are grateful for what you have, and where you are, right now, in this moment, you’ll be miserable.

So dream. And plan. And work. And live. Enjoy the little things. A soft pillow when you go to bed at night. The orange glow peeking through the clouds at sunrise. A dog wagging his tail to greet you. A hug. A smile.

I wish you many blessings in the New Year, and above all, the ability to enjoy them.


Picture perfect! The only time I was able to capture both kids and all three dogs in a Christmas photo!

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