To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves - there lies the great, singular power of self-respect. - Joan Didion 

Five Minute Friday's prompt is Expectation.

That word alone "expectation" sends my tummy spiraling into huge knots.

To me, that is an ugly word.

It equals pressure, turmoil, unmet hopes, dashed dreams and oh, so much pain.

The word serves as a reminder of my weaknesses and failures... the very things I've fought so hard to turn away from.

And, now it occurs to me to practice what I preach:

"Pray.  Give it all to God.  Ask Him to help you get done only what He wants you to get done.  And then trust Him."

I sit here, my five minutes not quite up and I want to stop, sit back, breathe and let. it. all. GO.

PS:  Image is of my neighbors Iris.  The effect was achieved by zooming as I clicked the shutter (I'm guessing.)  It's a happy accident for me.


  1. So lovely. I struggle with unrealistic expectations all the time, your post really speaks to me. Thank you. :)

  2. I'll have to try this camera trick, if mine will do it. What a beautifully soft effect it has created. Expectation doesn't have to be always be bad, like living up to expectations. There is also expectant waiting, for good things.
    "For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed."
    Romans 8:19

  3. Love the image. It is so hard to practice what I preach. i know all the right things to say,but doing them is another story.

  4. Great image. Now I'll have to try that!

  5. i tried the zoom thing with lights at Christmas because i saw it on a blog, now i will have to try this with a flower.

  6. Such a pretty image ~ I love those happy accidents! :)
    xo Catherine

  7. That iris is just mesmerizing.

  8. I kind of agree with this sentiment. I do need to let go of the unmet expectations, especially those that are my own fault. It's so hard when I know I could have done better, but I didn't because I failed to act. I don't want to fail to act anymore.

  9. your words inspire me, especially at this point in my life :)