The Gain-Learning from our Expectation Hangovers

Writing prompt: What was gained? What did you learn from your expectation hangover and what new opportunities became available to you?

Expectation Hangover

What did I learn from my expectation hangovers? When I wrote the book, The Core of Knowledge, I had recently forgiven the man who had killed my brother, (I wrote about that in The Code of Deliverance), and was coming out of a very long grieving period-like 20-years, only to be thrown back into more grief when my two grandmothers and my mother-in-law passed away all within a few months. Because of my brother’s passing and working through that, I was given the opportunity to learn even more about love with the passing of my grandmothers and mother-in-law and the knowledge and gifts they bestowed upon me. A tragedy  becomes a gift and now I’m the one saying, “Thank You.”

Flow like a river

What new opportunities became available to you? When things go kaput and you’re left scratching your head saying, “what the what?!?” we tend to turn inward to figure out what went wrong. Often times, our path changes. And, because of this period of introspection and changing course, new doors open, new opportunities happen. That’s when I wrote The Core of Change about sailing through the cays of Belize and getting the opportunity to reflect on how my personal course has changed, giving me a new path to take, due these expectation hangovers. 

Expectation Vs. Reality

I’ve come to learn that even though I might have once flipped the bird and shook my fists toward the stormy gray clouds dropping rain on my parade, it is well with my soul. In my book, The Core of the Soul, I finally figure this out and indeed, things are falling into place.

Now it’s your turn. Grab your list of expectation hangovers. Last week we noted the loss and the feelings associated with not having things go our way as planned. Today we are going to recognize the gain. Sometimes it takes awhile for the gifts to present themselves. If you are dealing with a current expectation hangover, give it some time. Reviewing past expectation hangovers, can you recognize the new doors that were opened? Things you wouldn’t have learned other wise? What new path are you on?

As always, set your timer to 15 minutes. Write as fast as you can. Write everything that pops into your head. Afterwards, set the timer for 15 more minutes and begin your writing project. Keep up your writing speed. If you are just doing the prompt that works too. Enjoy! All your hard work is about to shine through. ❤️