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Getting What You Expect

Getting What You Expect

Malcolm  Firth
Writer | Time Killer | Book lover |

In life we often get what we expect. If we expect something good, it has a way of showing up. If we expect something bad, it too has a way of showing up.

It reminds me of a story I heard about a wise clerk who worked at a convenience store in a small town out west.

One day, a stranger walked in, picked up some bread and milk, and made his way to the cash register.

“New to town?” the clerk asked.

Yep. Just moved here with my family,” the stranger replied.

Well, then let me be the first to welcome you,” the clerk offered, extending his hand.

Thanks,” the stranger said as he shook hand. “Say, what are the people like in this town?”

Well … what were they like in the town you just left?” the clerk queried.

Oh, they were fantastic,” the stranger replied. “Friendly, upbeat, and generous. We hated to leave.”

I know what you mean,” the clerk nodded. I think that’s pretty much what you’ll find here, too.”

A few days later, another stranger walked into the convenience store. Like the first, he picked up a few staples and headed to the cash register.

The same clerk asked, “New to town?”

“Yes,” the stranger mumbled. “Just arrived.”

Following the same track, the clerk smiled and extended his hand. “Let me be the first to welcome you!”

The stranger took his hand reluctantly, frowned, and quickly looked down. “So what are the people like in this town?”

Well … what were they like in the town you lived in last?” the clerk queried.

“Not great,” he stammered. “They were cold, aloof, and selfish. We were glad to get out of there.” He looked up at the clerk.

I know what you mean,” the clerk affirmed. I’m afraid that’s probably what you’ll find here, too.”

It is so true, you get what you believe in; it is worth noticing our beliefs and expectations. It depends on what type of lens you are wearing to see the people or situations. Remember, what you focus on, Magnifies. If you focus on goodness, you will find goodness everywhere around you. Whereas if you focus on opposite, you will find it within your home itself. It all depends upon your attitude. Mahatma Gandhi has aptly put it, "Be the change you want to see in the world."

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Happiness is everywhere you want it to be, you just have to decide you want to be happy. Life is what you make it. I don't have the best of everything. I make the best of everything I have. You can be happy anywhere you chose to be but you can be miserable if you chose to be too.


Many books that I’ve read recently teaches this principle, providing many examples. If you want to be successful in life, or anything for that matter, but don’t expect to be, it follows that you probably won’t be. There is logical reasoning behind this. Think of top athletes in sports. They got that way because of all the hard work they put in to developing their body and their skills. If they did not first believe they would be successful, there would have been no reason for them to go through the pain of the process.

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