If you are looking for more abundance, joy and peace in your life, consider lowering your expectations and maybe you will find what you are looking for. I am waiting on our flight to Mexico as I write; we knew this would be a natural break in the first part of our travels and it is a good opportunity to reflect on the last 76 days.
When I proposed this trip to Tom, I certainly had stars in my eyes and high expectations in mind – I imagined I would practice yoga every morning, have countless hours to write and walk, be free of the every day tasks of life. Wrong!! I have managed short yoga practices maybe once or twice each week, I have written fewer than 10,000 words and every day we have to cook, clean, shop, and we still have laundry, bills, to-dos. I now have much lower expectations of what we will be able to do and I don’t worry if we do not do all the fabulous tourist things recommended by Lonely Planet or friends’ suggestions.
Setting the bar a little (or a lot) lower has freed me to enjoy more, appreciate more, embrace more fully what is present rather than reach for what is absent. I like it!!
- We have done a lot of hiking, most of the hikes have been much shorter than I would have expected and they have all been pretty amazing. Who knew a half mile hike could be as powerful as a 5 miler?
- We eat the same 5-6 meals every time we cook for ourselves (which is most meals) and I feel nourished and well-fed. So much for the “need” to have different meals every day of the month!
- Our son is homeschooling as we travel and avoids the work at all costs; it has led to some wonderful family conversations and a new way to communicate and work for all of us. Even though he has not raced through the work like we would have liked, we have a great relationship with him and that is priceless.
- I wanted to finish my book proposal by year end; it’s not going to happen. What has happened is a growing commitment to write most days, to learn about the art of writing, to step into the world as a writer.
Wishing you the opportunity to lower the bar in your own life; it can bring untold happiness and abundance.