I don’t know who said it, but when I read this sentence, it made me dizzy it felt so true. Try this on for size.
Expectations are premeditated resentments.
Uh, yes. Sometimes, they can be. And, paradoxically, we need to expect the best in order to receive it. Go figure that.
Here’s what this really means: Of course you will have expectations. It’s attachment to them in a rigid way that causes the problem of premeditated resentments. So know that you will expect the best, and if it arrives, you can do your happy dance, and if it doesn’t, you can do your happy dance because of what did arrive.
Healthy expectations are willing to be surprised by something new and better.
Seeds XV, 20
I read these three sentences and they will not let me go. I put them in a Word doc and I keep it open on my computer where I spend most of my time when I’m not in session. I place them here so you too can think on these wise and wonderful things.
The Basis of life is freedom.
The Purpose of life is joy.
The Result of life is growth.
Henry J. Kaiser (May 9, 1882 – August 24, 1967) was an American industrialist who became known as the father of modern American shipbuilding, and when I read this quote from him, I laughed and sobered rather quickly.
“When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.”
Think of the great ships of our time, certainly, they speak for themselves. How often do we over-explain ourselves in our fear of being misunderstood? Way too often, I’d venture. Instead, do the work, put it out there, and wait for the response.
Particularly when it comes to artforms of all kinds, it takes time to assimilate what we see, hear, and touch and what sees, hears and touches us.
Hush, be still. Don’t explain. Let others have their reactions in their own time. Ssshhh. Don’t interrupt. Trust the work itself.
Seeds XV, 19