February 2013 Archives

Just the way you are

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Don't go changing, to try and please me 
You never let me down before...
...I could not love you any better 
I love you just the way you are.
~ Billy Joel
Wouldn't it be nice to live in a world where everyone accepted everyone else just as we are?
Even better - wouldn't it be nice to know that the people who love you , "love you just the way you are"?
Go ahead...I'll give you a minute to ponder that.  Shake your head wistfully (or cynically) and gather up all your reasons for why this can't work.  Bring it, come on - I'd like to hear these reasons.


The best laid schemes....

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"The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men. Gang aft agley" [often go awry]
~ Robert Burns

It's true, we often put a lot of effort into the planning of events and expect a lot of return for our effort (even though it doesn't always turn out the way we planned).  Sometimes we aren't responsible for putting any effort into it other than showing up - and we still have great expectations!

Holidays, Birthdays, Weddings, Meetings, Vacations....we scheme and plan (or let others scheme and plan) and in the end we're pleased?  disappointed?  Or maybe the goods and bads evened out so it just was....nothing.

We're realistic aren't we?  We know we won't love every movie we see or book we read.  I've been "burned" buying the whole CD (should've just downloaded the one song...).  I've eaten in countless restaurants that just won't make the cut again. 

Ask for what you want...

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This has been fun!  More than a few conversations have arisen from my new game and I'm really enjoying the discussion.  I promise to post some of your other feedback in an entry soon, but I wanted to address one of the most frequently asked questions:
"Does having no expectations mean I can't ask for anything?  How do I get what I want?"
I think the short answer is "no - of course you can ask for anything!".  I have a very good friend who is a professional counselor and he likes to say "Ask for what you want.  Notice what you get". 
Sit with that for a minute....and then keep reading.

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