Expectations: What Did You Expect?

Expectations: What Did You Expect?

It’s Surfin’ Saturday…a little free time for me to surf the net and catch up everything wacky and wonderful in cyberville. What I found was a lesson on Expectations.  So…I’d heard a little buzz this past week about Subway, but I didn’t  know the full story.  Seems some guy measured a foot long sub, and the measurement came up short, and now all you-know-what has broke loose and lawyers are getting involved, blah blah blah. What I found amusing though was a quote from a Subway rep stating that they were “sorry the footlong fell short of expectations.”  I don’t know exactly why the statement made me chuckle, but I think it’s probably because  if I bought a foot long sub, I don’t know that I would exactly expect it to measure a foot long.  Guess I’m just gullible or a not-so-savvy consumer, but it made me wonder, “Do I just expect too little out of life?” I mean, should I be measuring my expectations, and playing closer attention if they fall short, and then reacting accordingly?  If life hands you lemons, do you make lemonade, or do you gripe about why your hands smell like Pledge?

Like everyone, I’ve had expectations, or things that I expected to happen a certain way, that didn’t go according to plan. I mean, shouldn’t that be expected?  But I’ve also discovered that setting expectations too high is like buying a summer pass to the water park, expecting to get your money’s worth.  Every now and then, you’re going to get rained-out, and you’re bound to be disappointed.  That’s not to say that you shouldn’t have any expectations, like good service at a 5-star restaurant, or to be respected by your children.  I guess I’m referring more to very specific expectations, like an exactly-measured foot long sub, or sunshine every day on the vacation I planned for a year.  For me, I think I’ll stay on the same path I’ve followed so far, which is to expect good things, and to expect not-so-good things sometimes, too.   As a plus, I read that you should toss your expectations into the ocean, and let the waves carry them away (it’s supposed to be cleansing).  I figure that just gives me a good excuse to go to the beach.  In the meantime, I’ll keep making lemonade if I have some extra lemons.

As always, here’s a few quotes of inspiration, this time about Expectations.

“I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.”  Bruce Lee

“There were two ways to be happy: improve your reality, or lower your expectations” Jodi Picoult

“When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.” Donald Miller

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