I have a confession: I have high expectations for everything. For myself, my church, what I do, my family, the things my family does.
Because of this, I work hard at what I do, but I also expect others to work hard at what they do.
Which leads to, higher stress.
Let me give you an example.
When I go on vacation with my family, we make plans on things to do just like every family. Places to go, places to eat, activities, etc.
When we do this, I’m hoping that our family will make some fun memories and have a good time together. When that activity or plan does not live up to my expectations, my stress and anxiety goes up.
When this happens, I actually miss the memory that is taking place.
The lesson: lighten up. Take the moment as it comes.
Your life won’t end if things don’t go as planned.
Your kids won’t end up in counseling simply because a birthday party wasn’t perfect.
Your marriage won’t fall apart because of a failed date night.
These “failures” simply become part of the lore of your family and life. They become the stories you will tell one day and laugh about.
Remember that time…
So, lighten up and start creating the stories you’ll tell for years to come.