'Tis the season

The holidays are a special time of the year. It’s a time of giving. It’s a time of receiving. And – for many of us it’s a time of expectation.

What did Santa bring you?

We’re indoctrinated from a young age. We’re given the ‘gift’ of expectation. The expectation that if we are good – Santa will bring us something special.

For most of us, expectations extend well into adulthood. We live with the expectation that we will receive something special from our spouse or significant other. The stress about the expectations placed on us to give the perfect gift. And how about the expectation of family coming together, and for this one special day – experiencing a Norman Rockwell Christmas.

Peace beginswhen expectation ends

— Sri Chinmoy

The gift of the unexpected

But sometimes, the most meaningful gifts are those that are completely unexpected.

This street musician was tipped by a young girl. What happened next…was magical.

(Don’t forget to click the ‘un-mute’ button in the bottom right-hand corner after you hit play!)

If you do not expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail

— Heraclitus

Change it up

So this Holiday season, change it up.

Instead of it being a time of giving…make it a time of forgiving.
Make it a season of receiving the everyday gifts that life has to offer.
Then, make it magical by expecting the unexpected.