First off, I would like to say that in only ONE day away, I feel so behind in the reading of these pieces, it's crazy!
Today I was actually gone all day and feel like now I will never catch up to all of the wonderful reads posted on here and may somehow miss some, as there are so many great reads on here on the daily.( On The Daily. Don't you love that phrase? )
I'll prob be up all night.
So today I attended a Garden Center Symposium which is a presentation of a bunch of speakers in our industry who have something (hopefully good) to share with us. There's also a trade show of people selling their wares... Anyway the perennial plant nursery that I am employed with seasonally (not this current cold season :) likes this sort of education and so do I. Plus it IS January and friggin negative 9 degrees out which makes it lovely to go almost anywhere that is garden related. Here's my story.
This year I looked at the list of speakers and was thoroughly uninspired. I only knew one of them and I know (or know of ) A LOT of people in this industry. It's like anything that you do for a long ass time... you get to know the big names. Today, though, I ended up being very pleasantly surprised. Just about every single presentation was awesome! I was inspired and felt like I gained insight to some new fresh ideas and actually left feeling quite happy that I went. Funny how we can let our weird expectations get in our own way, isn't it? This is true in my regular life as well. If I could just go into every experience NOT expecting something in particular, imagine... I would rarely be disappointed! It's just hard to not have expectations, isn't it? I wonder why we do that.
I feel like expectations get in the way of so many life experiences. Expecting GOOD and feeling DISAPPOINTED...expecting eh and feeling YAY.... Why don't we just go into each experience, each practice, each event, each occasion with NO expectations!?
Expectations have gotten me in trouble before. Not like birthday/anniversary/someone do the dishes day expectations.... More like 'why aren't people sane and logical LIKE ME expectations. Why don't people know that shaming someone or insulting someone does NOT give them the result they desire? Why is it, in any way, something to glorify, being hateful or rude publicly (or privately for that matter) ? Why does someone expect to gain popularity and love by being a bully or a complete asshole? I have never understood it. But I see it. American politics.(Trump?? for real???? WHAT THE HELLLLLLL ) Commercialism. Middle school. Upper management. It's common.
I am trying to be a person without expectations from here on in. Trying. (the KEY word). Because I think I will be happier this way. and I want to be happier whenever possible. I mean, who doesn't?
Tomorrow is day two of the symposium. Lets hope (but not expect) that I am as inspired as today. x #500wordsaday