Wednesday, June 23, 2010

What does life expect of me?

It's been a while... 2 weeks actually. I had intended to write this blog post a while ago... but due to lack of inspiration, or fervor for writing, it took the back seat til' now. We had a guest speaker at church a couple Sundays ago that really impacted me. His name was Hyatt Moore, who as well as being an awesome speaker is an amazing artist. (check him out!) This man honestly had me captivated, and I'd LOVE to pick his brain. I really enjoy being inspired, and having someone challenge my ever thinking brain with something I have never mulled over before. And that is precisely what he did...with one question. What does life expect of ME? I've never thought of it that way. I mean, I know I've spent so much time thinking about what I expect from life. I might even expect TOO much from life.

By definition the word "expect" means "To look forward to the probable occurrence or appearance of ___" (fill in the blank) Personally, I've done nothing but expect things from life and I've noticed unfortunately, that with some expectations come disappointment. I expect things to go a certain way and they don't, I expect things from people and I don't get them. I expect expect expect. But the thing is, why expect when you don't really have control over alot of the events that happen in your life? Where do expectations come from? Who sets the bar for these expectations?

But when you turn the question around, it's a whole new ball game. What does the life I've been given expect of ME? It's honestly a tough question. Think about it. If "life" were a person, and was able to express how they thought you should be or do, what would life want?  I've thought a great deal about this, and actually wrote down a few things while I was listening to mister Hyatt speak, and then continued my list which I'll be sharing!

  • Be a good, no scratch that, GREAT, understanding, supportive, and loving mother to my son
  • Actively be a friend to everyone. Offer a smile and an open heart when needed or when not.
  • To LOVE. People, myself, and LIFE.
  • To DO something proactive to make a difference in mine and others' lives
  • Be a good employee
  • Always treat knowledge as a gift.... Its free after all!
  • Be a caring daughter/sister/grand-daughter/niece
  • Spread smiles to people when they don't have one
  • Try to always be a person of integrity
  • Laugh!
  • Be thankful for every single gift I am given (not only in the material form)
  • Constantly have a relationship with god
 Now it's YOUR turn. I'd love to hear what you came up with!


MommyLovesStilettos said...

LOVE IT :) Love your list. Love the whole post :) You always make me think and I love YOU for that! :)

MoosMamma said...

Hey there... I missed your posts.... : ) Sooooo glad you are back : ) I think this is a great post... and after all of the venting I a have been doing lately.... I think it is a fabulous idea... so I'm gonna go post one like this on my blog.... hope that's okay...welcome back : )

Tennessee Mom said...

Wonderful to see you back! I have an award for you over at my place :)

Jimmy said...

Funny just last evening I was looking and thinking hmmmmmmm wonder where Sarah is?, Glad to see you back my Friend.

Wonderful Post and you are so right about expectations leading to disappointment because the expectations are always changing.

In a nutshell when turned around all life expects is for us to live in a Godly and Happy manner :)

Lourie said...

Welcome back! This is an excellent post. It really does get one thinking.

Jay_Lee said...

That is wonderfully inspiring and thought provoking Thank you, and Thank you MoosMamma for showing me the way here.

Katherine said...

I love this idea...of not just expecting things from life, but asking what's expected of us. I'm like you. I've had a lot of expectations, which usually leads to some disappointments. But I'm going to have to step back and think now of what's expected of me...and it's probably to stop complaining so much. Hmmm, have to work on that one.

Natalie said...

I'm so glad to see you back...especially in full force with this fantastic post! I think that I would need more time to think about it, but I think that life would expect me to enjoy it - to quit worrying so much and go with the flow more. Let the dishes sit while I play on the floor with the kids. Do things that I enjoy doing, not that I have to do. What a great post!

The Drama Mama said...

I've missed you, but I'm glad to see you posted, and wow what a post!! I'm going to have to think about this one, and link back to you next week!! WHat a fantastic message!!

dusty earth mother said...

So beautiful. I love that this is the list you came up with. And I agree, particularly that one constantly has a relationship with God. Excellent post!

Katie said...

What does life expect? For me it's summed up in this:
John 15:12, "My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you."

The greatest love others as Christ loved us...all the rest will fall into place if we don. I fail terribly...but it's what I strive for!

Great post! Glad to see you back!

ericka @ alabaster cow said...

you hit the nail on the head with that list! i love when a speaker/writer/friend says something that makes me think and gives me new perspective!

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