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She continued by sharing a consensus she and her friends came to, "...all our crazy really boils down to skewed expectations. In our minds, we have created certain ideals--those "shoulds" of life so to speak--and when those expectations aren't met, our crazy spirals."
I think Jamie has hit the nail on the head when she talks about skewed expectations. I also think her conclusions are particularly helpful for navigating the holiday season. Our unrealistic expectations cause our "Christmas Crazy!" Most of the time, those expectations are unrealistic and not congruent with the realities of life.
With the holiday season upon us, I don't believe we need to lower our expectations. I believe we need change our expectations. Lowering expectations seems to indicate that we're "settling" for something less. Changing expectations indicates a need to transform or modify our thinking. More often than not, we need to change unrealistic expectations to realistic expectations.
Source: Crosswalk.com | Jill Savage
Jill Savage (www.jillsavage.org) is the founder and CEO of Hearts at Home, an organization for moms. She is the author of 9 books including the upcoming release No More Perfect Moms. As a wife to Mark, and "mom" to five kids, Jill has learned that changing expectations is an important key to finding a sense of peace in the midst of the chaos of everyday life.