Sunday, August 26, 2012
Expectations-what are they and are mine often unrealistic? When looking forward to "something" I make the assumption that what is pictured in my mind will flesh itself out perfectly as the event unfolds. I'd like to think my expectation is simply a hopeful anticipation, an eagerness and excitement about what is going to happen. But I believe I often set my "expectations" too high forgetting to factor in a number of variables that could repaint the picture in my mind. I say all of this for my own benefit since we are planning a big family reunion in Italy in less than a week's time. There will be 8 adults and five grandchildren- 5 and under. We are converging on Rebecca's house in Maltegalda, Italy. She has a wonderful itinerary planned including a day in Venice, an afternoon cliff jumping, a day at an Italian waterpark for kids, time at Lake Garda plus castle touring, wine tasting, touring an old cliff town, visiting a local vineyard, lots of Italian food, and to top it off a week at an all-inclusive beach resort, The Valamar Club in Croatia! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJ6ni7RjC38&feature=player_embedded#!
Now what are the top 10 variables that could threaten to dampen the birthing of my "perfect" expectations?
1. flight problems-such as delays or lost luggage
2. health issues-such as colds, motion sickness, or worse?
3. car troubles of any sort
4. jet lag in individuals causing grumpiness, irritability, lost sleep
5. accommodation misunderstandings
6. differing opinions on handling problems with 8 adults involved
7. weather-rain, cold, storms, etc.
8. lost money, credit cards compromised
9. injuries-anything from bloody lips to broken bones or worse
10. loosing in Some-R-Set (a crazy family card game) or being defeated in miniature golf (a tradition whenever we gather)
So how do I keep my expectations in line with reality? Whittle the many down into only one:
From this family vacation I expect we will build memories no matter what they entail.
P.S. I also am relying on prayer and God's promise to always be with us.
"In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation."
Posted by Hunter and Nancy at 9:05 PM