Don’t you hate that, “We’ve got good news and we’ve got bad news” conversation.
It’s always followed up with the question, “Which one do you want first?”
Neither! Why don’t you go back out the door, fix the bad news and then come back in here with just good news… sound like a plan?
But, it never happens that way. Taking the good with the bad just seems to be one of the natural processes of life:
You get unexpected cash, and the car breaks down
You get some time off, you get a cold
You get married, you… wait, I think you get it
It’s a pattern that plays out almost everyday, but the blessings are hard to see. For example, you would not have had the money to fix the car (bad news) if the unexpected money hadn’t showed up (good news).
I am not a natural optimist. In fact, my natural propensity for fear, tends to lead me the…er, other way.
So, trying to have a positive expectation is not the norm for me. If I am getting ready for travel then I think about every nightmarish movie scene of plane, train and automobile disasters I have ever seen and simply overlay my face into the scenery… fun!
If I get a mysterious phone call and need an urgent reply, then I am sure that the person on the other end of the phone message has had their life completely unraveled or hates me… or their life has completely unraveled because they hate me… super fun!
If I have a soar throat, it’s never sinus drainage, it’s always some precursor to cancer, a rare disease in its final stages that will only be discovered in my autopsy, or the final mutation of the swine flu that has evolved to its pristine killer form within me… uber fun! Continue reading “Expectations”