Life in progress

#SoCS – Expectations


Whew! It’s been a busy day. Now, back to real life. I still need to post something to my fiction blog… Do you read my fiction blog? I’ve posted something every day this year so far. There have been days when I’ve felt like giving up and just skipping it, but I’m stubborn. When I get something in my mind that I’m going to do, I do my damnedest to stick to it. I expect far more from myself than I do anyone else.

In fact I live by the adage, Never expect anything of anyone, and you’ll never be disappointed. I find it fun to do things for people without expecting a thank you, and it’s allowed me, with practice, to find ways to do things for people and have them not even realize that I’ve done it. It’s gratifying. And it all started for me with that adage.

Life is so much simpler, so much less stressful when there are no expectations. Expectations live in the future. I strive to live in the moment. Here, where I am right now there is just me and my surroundings. Nothing is in my way when I am still. I can choose a clear path when I am concentrating on where I am, rather than where I should be. Being in the future before I arrive blinds me to where I am. Does that make sense?

Anyway, before I go I just wanted to say thank you to the four (so far) participants in the SoCS Badge Contest with their amazing entries. If you haven’t seen them yet, go here and look in the comment section for the links. And don’t forget if you plan to enter, do it soon!

SoCS badge 2015

This post is part of Stream of Consciousness Saturday, which you can find here: and The Daily Post, where the word of the day is stubborn.

Author: LindaGHill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

12 thoughts on “#SoCS – Expectations

  1. PS: I do you read fiction posts — not necessarily in order — you can’t except that sort of normal behaviour from me.


  2. “Expect nothing and be surprised.”


  3. One of the big things they teach and talk about in our industry (writing software) is “managing expectations.” In other words “don’t get your hopes up folks. This stuff won’t be as good as you think.” Good luck.


  4. Amazing post ❤ Have a great Sunday, & Happy Friendship Day to you & your Loved Ones. X


  5. I love this post, Linda–expectations, the bane of my existence! Though I’ve made significant progress in not expecting much/anything of others, I find that there are certain relationships where I do expect more sometimes–and get duly disappointed. But if nothing else, I celebrate my progress–it’s not “nothing”, right?!! 🙂


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