Archive for December, 2011

December 5, 2011

“Expect More. Pay Less” – Right on Target

Here it goes – another rare but honest post from matters of the heart. If you know me, you know that I have high expectations for myself, for life and even for others in my life. Like everyone else, I know that life, jobs, relationships and people are not perfect, so I don’t expect them to be. But lately it seems there has been a thin line between being understanding and patient, or just having to lower my expectations and settle for less out of people. If you can’t tell already, this strikes a certain cord with me that I don’t necessarily want to be burdened with anymore. So here is my honest opinion about having to expect less (it couldn’t be more fitting than having it come out of a country song).

Do not settle for anything less than what you deserve. I don’t.

And without a doubt, if I expect a lot out of anything or anyone, it is because I will always give back even more than what I expect.  My passions, career and most definitely the people in my life are the most important to me. I take pride in taking care of the people I care about, always trying to be the best friend, sister, daughter and even stranger I can be. I’m guilty of opening up my heart when others might have walls up, because I think life is too short to not tell the people you care about how you feel. I will always treat people the way I would want to be treated. I believe that the passions, relationships and friendships we have are the only thing that makes life worthwhile. So treat them like gold.

I don’t want this post to seem like a rant, but I think this is a message that people forget all too often. We are always caught up in our own small worlds that sometimes we lose perspective of the bigger picture and the other people affected by our actions. How hard is it for you to put a smile on your face and be nice to the stranger next to you on the bus? How hard is it for you to put other people in front of you? How hard is it for you to be a person that you would want to be friends with? Life is too short to not take care of the people in your life.

And from the other perspective, something else that people forget all too often is to never settle for less than what you deserve. You have the control over your expectations of your life, your job and your relationships. If you are a hard worker, you deserve a great career. If you are a great mother or wife, you deserve a great family. If you are a true friend, you deserve a best friend. And if you respect those who care about you, you deserve a great relationship. You have to respect yourself, and never settle for less than what you are willing to give people.  Life is too short to settle for anything less than what you deserve.

So call it a rant if you must, but it had to be done. Every time I hear the Target commercial tagline “Expect More. Pay Less” I can’t help but smile, and remind myself to expect more and to never settle on what I get back. They seem to be right on target.

I’m not saying I’m perfect, but I promise I’m worth it” – Sugarland