I have a card on my table that was given to me by my Mother 25 years ago. I was heading into the unknown, planning some significant stuff in my life and she wanted to encourage me ..
It states “May you exceed all your expectations”, with a picture of a bird soaring high in the sky.
Inside she wrote the words “With love, pride and unlimited dreams, all for your happiness”.
Til recently, the card has been stashed away in a box of other memorabilia, photos and treasures kept from my younger days. However, I decided to put it where I can see it every day and use it to motivate and inspire me.
It does make me wonder though – when your expectations are high, how much harder it is to exceed ’em. Are those who yearn for simple things .. with little or no aspirations, more content than those who are constantly thinking “wonder if I could do better?”
You see this is something that we all think is a good attribute and certainly it’s how I was raised. To aim high, to try and do better each time you do something. I think I realised it could be unhealthy when I would take the trip to visit my parents and try to beat my previous time *grins sheepishly*
Of course this all comes back to being reasonable, I guess. After all, I suspect it could get a tad depressing having lofty goals if you are unable to ever attain them?
Ah well, for now the card does continue to inspire me or at least to make me think more .. And that can only be a good thing!