Lowered Expectations: I've heard it said many times that one way to become a happier person is to lower expectations. I believe that is sound advice, but it can be an easier phrase to say than do. I feel it's probably a good time of the year for me to take that advice to heart. I often get wrapped up in accomplishing things, and that's not bad, but it's easy to get frustrated when things don't go the way I hope that they do. The kids are off on winter break, and the holiday season presents opportunities to spend time with people we don't often see. It seems to me to be a great time to relax as much as I can, enjoy the atmosphere, and go with the flow. The words "lowered expectations" also reminds me of an SNL skit that I can't find on YouTube. A lot of MADtv sketches came up, but I don't think that I've seen those before. I digress.

Present Situation: It's been a long Christmas Day. I like the idea of doing this note daily—it's fun—but still, it is a discipline. Much like my run streak, there will be easy days, hard days, and days in between. It's good, though, for me, even if it's horrible for you. *Chuckle* Tomorrow is the first day in a while where I don't really feel like I have to put a whole lot of effort in. That's a nice feeling that doesn't happen often for me. Circumstances of the moment, I suppose. Things will get back to normal soon enough. Next month will be a month to reset, to plan, to begin execution. More to come. I need to sleep.

I do believe that I've been gifted a sonic device, if I could only figure out that part. It's a pen, stylus, ruler, level, and a Philips/flat head screwdriver. #DrWho

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