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Expectations

looking forward to…anticipation a looking for as due,proper, or necessary thing looked forward to…a reason or warrant for looking forward to something;…prospect for the future, as of advancement or prosperity…the probability of the occurrence, duration, etc. of something

We all have expectations….of life….of our friends and family….of events….and ourselves……..we have expectations of zillions of things.

Many of those we are not even conscious of…take for example….a voice on the radio….. I can listen to that voice for a long time without much thought about the person ….until one day … I  when I saw  a photo of that …VOICE/person… I was surprised with what I saw…I don/t know what I had expected… however…what I saw did not seem to fit… I actually was impressed with what I saw..

So that goes to show that our expectations can not only disappoint us….but in some cases…far excede our expectations….What made me think about this subject was this …my blog.  Upon developing it my thoughts were….hmm…not exactly sure what to write….and if I do…who will even want to read it?

To my surprise….it now has over 31,000 hits…and I have to say…I am quite amazed about that….and on top of that….people actually took the time to comment….I did take a break from writing….but with the winter months rushing in…and the snow on it’s way….and seeing how many hits I have gotten….I am motivated….I am in a writing mood once again.

How about you….have you experienced any….”GREAT EXPECTATIONS ” lately???

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.
Michelangelo
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Is it true… that we are never ready…never prepared???….Surely we can’t always be prepared for the unexpected…but…what about the expected???…Is it that the expected…is never really what we expected at all???

I wonder…If we can’t be prepared…no matter how much we plan …is being prepared… or…at least…trying to be prepared…the right thing to do???…Should a person spend time preparing for the expected when  often ..the unexpected occurs???

I… for one have often  found myself…thinking… I know what to expect…and finding out… it was not quite what I expected…I am sure many of you have been in that same place a few or more times in your lives…and…when we find ourselves in that place…we wonder… how did we overlook those unexpected things.???..How did we …not… know what to expect???…We were so prepared..or…were we???.

It got me wondering about dealing with the unexpected …that…often arrives with the expected…I suppose the unexpected …should be expected…right??? …And if that is so…then yes…the unexpected…actually becomes the expected !!!…I got thinking about dealing with those things we had not planned on…It is easy to deal with those things we can prepare ourselves for…but how about those we have not???…Can a person… prepare for the expected…unexpected events..moments..times..situations..details in our days???

I got wondering about how well I handle the unexpected…how effective have I been in dealing with it???…These moments can cause us stress we had not counted on…can cause our emotions to erupt…so I suppose HOW we handle them …will be the deciding factor in…how well we get through our days…Like driving a car…if your equipment is in order…if it has been serviced regularly…if it has a full fuel tank.. it is as best prepared as it can be…right???….However….once it is on the road….if the driver is prepared or not…will be the deciding factor in…how it gets through it’s travels…how a driver handles the …curves and bumps along the way…There are all levels of driving skills… on the road…just as there are all levels of preparedness… in life.

Can anyone … ever really be prepared…. for what they expect???

Volcanically stuck…what an interesting use of vocabulary. I received an email today from a dear friend who informed me she was not able to make it to the book lauch as she was…volcanically stuck in England at the time. We all have had many reasons for not making it to an event….be it… sick…forgot.. an important .meeting…a death in the family….working and so on. But how many of us can say we have been Volcanically Stuck…and so could not be there????? ….I think if there was a Guinness Book of Records category entitled…reason for missing an event…this would for sure be  the  winner!!!

Expectations…

The act of expecting…Eager anticipation: eyes shining with expectation  …  The state of being expected…Something expected: a result that did not live up to expectations…expectations …Prospects, especially of success or gain…The expected value of a random variable. ..The mean of a random variable.

We all have had expectations about something or someone….throughout our lives. Sometimes events and people meet our expectations and other times they don’t.  The past year has been one of expectations for me. Expectations about the making of my book, expectations of the people who helped me…expectations about how it would be accepted…expectations about book events and book sales.

So far for me…all of those have met my expectations and more. With each next step, I am thrilled once again with the outcome. So am I just fortunate???…or….Are my expectations too low???…Should they be higher???…Hmmmm.  I can say that… I have worked very hard so far and put in countless hours toward Sam’s Weird Afternoon…..I suppose that could be a reason in it all.

Have you ever had a situation where someone or something did not meet your expectation???…I think we all have…The other day I saw a photo of a radio personality that I have listened to for years…but when I saw his photo…it did not meet my expectations of him….no… he did not let me down or anything like that…how could he…it was just a photo of him.   However…he did not look like I expected him to look. I bet that has happened to you once or twice as well.

That was  an example of  “expectations”… an example of how we  form unrealistic l images in our mind and when that image is different. from the reality…we are disappointed….right????…..So if someone or something…such as a thing or a person or an event… disappoints us…does not meet our expectations….is part of it because of the unrealistic image we have already formed which is different from the reality???…Can a person expect too much and be disappointed over an over again???…Can a person expect too little  and also be disappointed over and over again???

How do we find a comfortable level of expectation???….one that gives  a pretty good chance of things and people meeting our expectations much of the time??? 

   Here is a good example…parents…parents who expect their kids to get A;s and B;s on their report card…and when it comes home with all C’s….is not meeting their expectation of that child.  They are disappointed. But if the child is a C student…shouldn’t that be the expectation???  Not to say you shouldn’t reach for bigger goals…but don’t we need to be a bit realistic???…and how about expectations we have on ourselves????

Are you able to meet your expectations of yourself most of the time??…How realistic are you about you??? Are your expectations ..bigger than the reality????

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