Appreciate what is

Judge me if you must, but these pretzels are one of the boys favorite, take-and-go snacks for school.  They’re a bit on the expensive side, but I found a place online where I can buy them in a box of 6 – 3 oz bags at a great price.  They typically arrive in a big box with the sets of 6 in smaller boxes inside.  A few weeks ago, I ordered my last bulk shipment of 5 boxes of 6 bags, just in time to get us through the end of the school year.  Yesterday, I received my second-attempt delivery, after three customer service calls to this particular online retailer.

I laughed out loud when I opened the tiny box.  

Somehow, someone at the warehouse is very confused about how these are packaged and sold.  My first delivery of this order came just like the above.  Except it was one tiny box with 5 bags of pretzels.  After two long conversations, trying to explain this to customer service, instead of shipping me 4 additional boxes of pretzels, they re-charged my card the full amount, and sent me a small box with 4 snack size bags inside.  Needless to say, I asked for a refund and I’m moving on.  The boys can make it through the next week and a half without pretzels.  In fact, last night, we discovered that Marketstreet has some fab alternatives to those pretzels, sitting right on their shelves.  Voila! 

But it’s not about the pretzels.

It’s about what to do when things don’t go the way you expected them to.  Life rarely turns out the way you expect it to.  It sounds cliché, but you know it’s true.

“Expectation is the root of all heartache.” ~ William Shakespeare

Letting go of expectations is one of THE hardest, and best things you can do to live at peace in the present moment.  It’s something I struggle with daily, as I have pretty high expectations of myself and all the people in my life.  I’m guessing you do too.

What if we try this little affirmation together today?

“Today I will release expectations and live the day appreciating what is, instead of what should be.”

Say it out loud.

Close your eyes.  Open your hands.

“Today I will release expectations and live the day appreciating what is, instead of what should be.”

Let the “should-bes” go.

Look around. 

Appreciate what is.

to more love,Crystal

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