Ours is a world filled with the unexpected. We don’t expect the weather to stay the same for extended periods of time. We don’t expect presidential candidates to play nicely. We don’t expect the Department of Transportation to have too few workers at any site.
We also have some expectations. We expect the grounds at Augusta National to be beautiful every year during the first week of April. We expect to encounter traffic if we go to Atlanta around 8:00 a.m. or 5:00 p.m. I expect to enjoy chili dog, chili steak, onion rings, and Frosted Orange every time I go to The Varsity. Maybe every person’s expectations are unique.
Unfortunately, because of some prior negative interactions, we also have some other expectations. All of us have experienced difficulties, days when people don’t do what we expect them to do. Conflicts or disagreements emerge. Some expect to be disappointed. Others expect governmental officials to be dishonest. I expect there to be long lines when I renew my drivers’ license or have some computer snafu. Side note: I renewed my license last week and was grateful that the process was painless and efficient. Again, a person’s expectations are connected to prior experiences.