Blog Hopping – Lessons Learned!

It’s been three whole months since my last contract ended rather suddenly. To tell you the truth, the manner in which it happened caught me totally by surprise. Since then I’ve been chasing my tail trying to find work. Also, our summer here in Ireland seems to have mirrored my attempts at finding work… bleak!

You may wonder what this all has to do with blog hopping. I was sitting in the lounge, looking out at the pouring rain and thinking about my lot in life. I was also trying to catch up with what was going on in the lives of other bloggers, many of who I call blog buddies because of their unwavering support.

The latest post by Madeline struck a chord. Our expectations can do so much damage, to others but mostly to ourselves. My expectations have been dashed (repeatedly) in the last months so, Madeline’s words really hit home. The results of reading her thoughts? Exchange expectation with anticipation.  What did become a little clearer to me was the fact that my expectations of myself and others was hurting my family. I was dwelling far too much on the disappointment of not getting results that met my expectations.

My preoccupation with expectations of others and their often idle promises left me ratty at times. A ratty me is not good for harmonious family interaction. OK, so in the days to come I’m not going to allow lofty expectations to cloud my vision. Thanks to Madeline for getting me to think a little more objectively.

Right… on to other matters. A blog hop won’t be a blog hop if I didn’t randomly select the next stop. I do this by clicking on any of the “likes” and going with the flow. I wasn’t disappointed when I found words of inspiration at purplerays. Inspiration comes in many forms. Sometimes, a few words shared can mean so much. Yes, our patience and faith can be tried but at times, when we’re least in control, a simple prayer will be all that’s needed.

Danger signs... watch out our own expectations don't drive us to the edge! A summer's day in Howth, Co Dublin, Ireland

We should watch out that our expectations don’t drive us to the edge… rather, let gratitude drive away the negative impact of unfulfilled expectations.

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14 Responses to Blog Hopping – Lessons Learned!

  1. cocoaupnorth says:

    Such a heartfelt post! All the best with your job search.


    • aj vosse says:

      Thanks you for your words of encouragement! I do believe the situation will change very soon… for the better!! 😉

      On 23 August 2015 at 12:01, Ouch!! My back hurts!! wrote:


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  2. Lovely post. Good luck with your job search.


  3. joanfrankham says:

    Lovely post, here’s to looking forward to the good news to come on the job front.


  4. de Wets Wild says:

    Moenie hoop verloor nie AJ! God het julle gedra tot hier, Hy sal julle nie nou versaak nie.


    • aj vosse says:

      Dankie Dries, ja… jy’s reg! Ons het gisteraand daaroor gepraat. Dit help nie mens bid en dan glo mens nie!! Ek voel ‘n deurbraak is naby! 😉

      On 20 August 2015 at 02:15, Ouch!! My back hurts!! wrote:


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  5. makingcamp says:

    A prayer for you. Keep an upward look.


  6. This was such an inspiring and validating post to read. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. ❤ You are awesome!


    • aj vosse says:

      I’m so glad I found your wise words. That got me thinking and that got me in a much better frame of mind! Thanks you for your post… it was the inspiration I needed and the reason I got thinking! Let’s be positive and move forward anticipating the best outcome! 🙂

      On 20 August 2015 at 01:13, Ouch!! My back hurts!! wrote:


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