Expectations are an interesting thing. We all have them, its human nature. Oftentimes when we have expectations of others we are disappointed when they do not respond or react as we thought they should or would. Perhaps this is because we do not take into consideration that our expectations are based on our personal awareness, insight, experiences and needs. Other people will have a different slant based on theirs.
A few weeks ago my husband and I went camping and on the way home I pondered what I needed to do in order to prepare for the upcoming work week. My mental checklist consisted of laundry, washing my hair, cleaning out the trailer, putting things away, etc. When I asked my husband what he needed to do once we arrived home his response was to get the truck washed. I was completely taken aback that his top priority was to clean the truck! It made me chuckle.
Take a few minutes today to observe or meditate on what it is you expect of yourself and others. No judging; this is simply to reflect upon, as if you were an outsider looking in.
Are the expectations you have for yourself realistic and in alignment with your morals and values?
When you have expectations of others do you consider that their response will be based on their beliefs and perceptions and may differ from yours?