Alice Walker advises us to “Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.”
This is a great motto for many situations. The key is knowing the difference between expecting nothing and expecting “normal.” Sure, you are right to expect common courtesy from the strangers in the store with you. But that isn’t expecting nothing. Here’s a test: if you are disappointed or upset in an interaction, the chances are that you had expectations that were not met. Therefore, you weren’t expecting nothing! When you expect nothing, you will be constantly surprised, in good and bad ways.
Now, there are times when you do need to have expectations. But that’s a time for communication and requests and negotiation.
So try expecting nothing today and see how the day goes.