Today I am 40. It feels really good and as I walked up and down our street tonight I realized part of that good feeling is because I appreciated so much of what I received today, rather than expected. Buddhism teaches that when we cease expecting we have all things, but it is very hard to function with others and to look at ourselves without expectations. We expect people to treat us a certain way and we expect ourselves to be at a certain place in our lives at given points. The obvious outcome is disappointment but the other outcome is that we miss the truly wonderful things that are taking place - in our own lives and through our interactions with others, when we are only looking for the thing we expect. I am very grateful for all the beauty I experienced today.
I expect 40 is going to be really good.