Lately I found myself thinking about expectations a lot.

I hear people saying that they are working towards having no expectations. My initial reaction was feeling astounded. Later I was impressed, when I heard statements like: “I have no, really no, I mean zero expectations.” Many questions crossed my mind. How do you do this? Why is that so important to not have expectations? For how long have you been practicing it? The responses sounded mostly very similar: “If I don’t have expectations, I can’t be disappointed. I’m open to the situations. I’m open to change. I’m flexible. I go with the flow. I feel free.” All sounds good and intriguing to me! I thought: I want that, too.

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Within seconds of hugging each other, they burst into tears.  They were a little awkward at first, smiling and not quite sure of how to proceed, but finally the two cousins, who had been practicing social distancing for some time, embraced each other, and the giggles quickly turned to a deeper emotional response.

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In times like these, Corona Virus Pandemic 2020, our normalcy got completely turned upside down. Life changed out of a sudden. What was normal, routine and oftentimes taken for granted, does not exist anymore or at least not in the same way.
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Relationships are always in fluctuation. There is no such thing like “marriage is set in stone”. Life happens and circumstances and relationships are constantly changing and in motion. We are used to constant change of interactions. What we are luckily not used to are the drastic changes that crisis creates.
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