As it turned out, I did have a husband who worked a nine to five job and yes, if I chose, I could wear my “Sunday best” every day! (That said, I’m a thrift store shopper by nature! That whole “poor as dirt” thing never went away, I guess!) But our family lives in a nice home, with the lawn in good shape, (my husband does this job really well), we have a nice car and truck to drive, a dog, a cat and plenty of food to eat. We eat out occasionally, and get to go on vacations! This goes well beyond my expectations from my childhood!
Expectations don’t always turn out like we plan, however. Relationships are askew, finances not what we’d hoped, health problems plague us, and any number of issues. I couldn’t help but think about this as I read about a natural gas field in Turkmenistan, a country in Central Asia which became part of the Soviet Union in 1924. It seems the Soviet Engineers were drilling for gas in 1971 and hit a natural underground cavern. Everything from the drilling site was “swallowed up” by the hole; and given the dangers of the situation, they decided to lite it and just let it burn. They thought was the fire would burn itself out in just a few weeks. The few weeks have now been 44 years with no end in sight. Needless to say, their expectations were way off!1
My thought process led to me to question “expectations!” My childish expectations for the most part came to fruition. Of course not all my dreams, hopes, desires or plans have worked out the way I expected. Some require a specific process which is time intensive (and sometime cost intensive!). But that said, even now, I am still working toward making my dreams come true!
Expectations that come true are often the result of hard work, positive attitude and a dream that won’t quit! Does this mean sometimes we don’t have to alter our expectations? Absolutely not! But what I’ve discovered is, sometimes, our expectations aren’t grand enough! We don’t dream high enough! We don’t imagine the best something could be! We settle for less, and that’s a sad thing!
So I challenge you to re-vist your expectations. Are there some that didn't quite make what you imagined? Was it a good thing or bad? Are there dreams not yet realized? Can you picture yourself fulfilling your dreams? Can you believe in yourself enough to reach higher?