She Waited for Me is a personal, in depth look at one woman's take on expectations versus reality. Libby lets you in on some of her deepest thoughts and experiences during her first few years of motherhood.
Expectations. They’ve gotten me in trouble over the years. It took turning 40 and a few major life adjustments to realize how bad the trouble was. Nothing, absolutely nothing, has turned out the way I thought it would. And it took turning 50 to stop caring.
Living in the present is a simple, four-word phrase that carries a boat load of difficulty. It might just be the single hardest thing I have ever tried to do. Never will I master it, but never will I stop trying. In my opinion, it is THE thing that can bring total peace and contentment.
When you live in the present, the past and the future do not exist. You think nothing of the way it was supposed to be and nothing of the way it could be. You have no expectations of the future and no regrets for the past. Just imagine that. It’s peaceful, isn’t it? You feel content, don’t you? See. It’s just that easy. Ha!
There are two sides to my story:
- What I expected to happen.
- What did happen.
So often I sit back and think about the vast difference between one and two and I am floored! My expectations were so far off – it makes me want to laugh out loud. But it has also taught me how useless expectations are, especially if we attach ourselves to them with all our might. Enjoy my book with this thought in mind.
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