When I was 22, just starting out in business…and adulthood, for that matter…someone offered a piece of advice that has stuck with me for over two decades — namely, “When expectations cease, then you live.”
Writer and self-proclaimed “minimalist” Leo Babauta explores this very idea at Zen Habits in his piece, “Toss Your Expectations Into The Ocean”:
“Picture all the expectations you have for yourself, your life, your spouse, your kids, your coworkers, your job, the world. Take them from inside you, and toss them in the ocean. A river or lake will also do.
What happens to them? They float. They’re carried around by waves. The current takes them out, and they drift away. Let them be washed away by the cleansing waters, and let them go.
Now live your life without them.”
Leo’s post made me smile because he knows the secret. And perhaps it’ll make you pause and smile, too. Imagine watching all your expectations float, then start to drift away.
More at http://zenhabits.net/ah/.