It is definitely a brain tickler to be spinning around inside my head today.
On other fronts, T.R. is back from Charleston and they are settling in for Christmas. I was able to spend some quality time with her last night that I very much enjoyed. My nephew was hoping to be discharged from the hospital today, so my parents drove up from the ranch, but there may have been a wrinkle thrown into the middle of that. Last night my nephew had rather severe stomach pains, so this morning they had run him through x-ray and then shot him up with morphine. Who knows what the outcome of that all is going to be. It is in part the events surrounding my nephew that have me contemplating issues of expectation and control. Various people involved in the process have various expectations and wanted outcomes and yet, with the exception of the actions they take as individuals, there is very little they can do to control the process.
To me, when you are faced with this kind of circumstance, the question becomes - what are you willing to do to influence the outcome toward your expectation. If the most you are willing to do is express your opinion and hope other people do the things you want them to do, then you have a relatively small chance of success. The deeper you get into the reality, the closer you come to perceiving reality, the more likely you are to be able to influence the outcome. In the arena of expectations, victory goes to the person who is most willing to get deeply, deeply involved in the reality of the situation. That involvement often comes with a very high cost in term of surrendering your own personal set of illusions to fully embrace reality. Maya disapproves. So we attempt to control the unreal (reality as we would like it to be) with the unreal (actions that are not aligned with that which is real) and crash into the world of unmet expectations.
Aren’t well all amazing creatures?