At training camp for the WorldRace, almost three years ago, they told us to let go of all expectations. Expectations kind of became a catch-phrase; at times, even a joke to us. But, I am reminded over and over again how important it is to not hold onto expectations.
Such as, here, you never know what to expect when someone asks you a question; especially when it comes to food. Around lunch-time yesterday, Justine, my friend whom I work with in the office at school, asked me through the window if I take [eat] fish.
I said, “Yes, but I can go down and get my own food.” [assuming she was asking one of the kids to get a plate of food for me]
Justine simply responded, “I want to buy for you.”
“Oh ok. Thank you.”
Thirty seconds later, Justine disappeared and a lady walked into the office carrying a clear bucket with newspapers on top. She walked up to me, reached a sheet of newspaper into the bucket, and proceeded to hand me a fried fish.
One would think that I know enough about expectations and assumptions to not make them anymore, especially living in a different culture.
But having reminders like these are definitely good, and usually very timely.
Have you had any reminders that you hold expectations recently?