Expectations (Great or Otherwise)

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a belief that something will happen or is likely to happen
-a feeling or belief about how successful, good, etc., someone or something will be

Sometimes things go perfectly (swimmingly, if you will).
Sometimes things don’t go your way.
Sometimes things just don’t go as you expected.

One year ago (yesterday) I launched this blog, with the goal for OKW to have 50 followers by the end of one year (a goal I expected to meet, if not exceed). As of now this blog has 46 followers. I do not see this as a failure; I see it as an opportunity to be grateful. I am thankful for each of those 46 followers who find interest in the quotes and thoughts I share.

“To Kill a Mockingbird” is one of my favorite books. I re-read it last week to gear up for the release of Harper Lee’s new (old) book, “Go Set a Watchman”. To say the least (the very least) I did not enjoy “Go Set a Wachman”. To be honest, it simply did not live up to the expectations that one has after reading an American classic that can stir various emotions in you, make you cry, laugh, think, a book filled with wisdom and a wonderful role model. I would not recommend “Go Set a Watchman” to anyone; without giving too much away, it challenges the vivid and inspirational characterization of Atticus Finch and changed my view of Miss Jean Louise (Scout) Finch. If you want to read some of Harper Lee’s writing, do yourself a favor and re/read the story that will exceed your expectations, “To Kill a Mockingbird”.

Thirteen years ago last Wednesday I was out running errands with my mom. We were having a good time and would never have expected that we would end the day in the ICU of Children’s Medical Center of Dallas (now Children’s Health). My mom never expected to be told that she should tell her 11 year old daughter “good bye” (because that little girl was not expected to live through the night)… But I defied expectations, had a nephrectomy a month later and have now lived more than half of my life as “The One Kidney Wonder” (hence the name of this blog).

Sometimes your expectations are not met.
Sometimes your expectations are exceeded.

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  1. […] Go Set a Watchman (Harper Lee) My review for this book- DO NOT READ IT! To Kill a Mockingbird is so good and this book flies in the face of the lessons that classic taught us. This book turns an honorable, righteous and respectable character into a completely different person. I have read some very bad books (some high school required reading) but this one takes the cake. The story behind it is that Harper Lee wrote this book first and her editor advised her to focus on a very small section of it, expound and expand it and the result was To Kill a Mockingbird. HarperCollins Publishers should have left this manuscript buried in an attic. My final comments on this waste of trees is – save your money and time. (I expressed my disappointment in this book in an earlier post, you can read it here. […]

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