In January of 2013 I started this blog. It was meant to be an experiment of sorts. I was going to see if I could give up Expectations. Of course - giving them up entirely didn't happen. I may have cut back on my expectations of YOU (my friends, family, partners, co-workers) and yet, I still had huge expectations of myself. Did I still judge myself and the people around me based on my Book of Right and Wrong and What Things Mean - well, of course I did. Humans judge - good and bad, right and wrong, yes and no, like and dislike. It's unlikely if the human race would have survived if we judge.
I'm here to tell you, that I did not release all expectations.
So was the experiment a success? I'd say yes. I have learned a lot in these 3 years, even when I didn't write for months at a time. I continue to work on this stuff - continue to remind myself that having an open heart and an open mind and no real expectation of the people around me can bring me the most amazing experiences. In those 3 years I have met wonderful people, studied fabulous ideas on personal and professional development, had amazing conversations, read fascinating books and watched my connections with loved ones and strangers flourish. I'd say the experiment has been a tremendous success.
And so I have now collected enough blog entries for another go. Will it be the same experiment? Maybe different experiments every time? I am trying on meditation for 21 days. I started a new job last September and have seen a crazy amount of change in the last 5 months. I have started running again after misplacing my running mojo. I'm even working towards a "cleaner" eating plan. I continue to be mindful when I push to force the outcome insted of just letting the outcome come to me. All of those things can be "experimental" - just trying them on for a few weeks to see what happens.
I'll bring you with me, if you're interested. I'll write about them and you can try them on too - let me know how they work out for you.
If you're curious about the beginning of the No Expectations experiment, you can read about it here.