Appreciation Trumps Expectation

So, I am on vacation this week, and any time I am on vacation, I think about things I would normally not consider, or have time to think about – thus, the wonder of vacation, time off, spacing out, and free-association.

The first day here, I took the following photo, believe it or not, with a smartphone.   It’s of my son, on the beach, and at this particular moment, we don’t have a care in the world.

That same day, I read a quotation from Tony Robbins  (and I am not normally a big guru-follower, by the way, but I thought this nugget was especially profound) – which I have been thinking about a lot on this break.  He says:  “Trade your expectations for appreciation and your whole world changes in an instant!”

I have been trying to apply this, and really, my perspective has changed.  I am finding myself being really grateful for every moment that I am here, every shade of blue and green in the ocean, my family, and just about everything else that is coming our way.

It’s my hope that when I get back to ‘reality’ – that I will be able continue this run of positive space in my head.   I guess that if you don’t expect anything, and just appreciate things as they happen, that it will be hard to be disappointed about much.

For now, I am feeling pretty appreciative and grateful about a great many things in my life.


2 thoughts on “Appreciation Trumps Expectation


    What a beautiful photo and sentiment. Enjoy your well-deserved vacation. I hope you are refreshed and grateful when you return.

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    Thank you for your lovely comment. Still grateful, still refreshed, still on vacation. It’s been a needed change in perspective from working pretty hard the past few months. Thanks again!