Expectations

Meridian, Idaho

I received the following text the other day:

Kathy-just saw your ad for bar stools on Craigslist.  Is there anything wrong with them?

This came from a woman who eventually bought the bar stools.

The text fascinated me because she expected me to tell her the truth.

I had already indicated twice on the posting that the chairs were in “excellent” condition and they were.

It surprised me that she thought that I might have lied in the post but that I would tell her the truth if she asked.

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Her expectations were that people told the truth when she asked them questions.

While she might expect that, reality might be very different.

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As I get older, I’m finding that I have fewer and fewer expectations that things will work out a specific way. And, more importantly, I rarely expect that people react to things the way I think they will.

Reminds me of an exchange in Pretty Woman:

Edward: “It’s just that very few people surprise me.”

Vivian: “Yeah, well, you’re lucky. Most of them shock the hell out of me.”

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