Evaluate Your Expectations

In life, we usually get what we expect. If we expect something positive, more often than not it shows up. Likewise, if we expect something negative, that, too, has a way of appearing.

It brings to mind a story I heard about an old man. 

A traveler nearing a great city asked an old man seated by road, “What are the people like in this city?”

“What were they like where you came from?” the man asked.

“Horrible,” the traveler reported. “Mean, untrustworthy, detestable in all respects.”

Ah,” said the old man, “you will find them the same in the city ahead.”

Scarcely had the first traveler gone on his way when another stopped to inquire about the people in the city before him.

Again the old man asked about the people the place the traveler has just left.

“They were fine people: honest, industrious and generous to a fault,” declared the second traveler. “I was sorry to leave.”

The old man responded, “That’s exactly how you’ll find the people here.”

What are you expecting today?

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