When something goes wrong, whom do we blame, what do we blame?

Should we gaze into the mirror, before we look out the window?


In quality management, we seek the root cause.



33-word Flash Fiction

and Prompt Word



    1. You’re very right – nothing wrong with expectations per se, as these drive human endeavours and progress – but the level and timing of expectations need to be reasonable. That of course, opens another door – what is “reasonable”. Oh, well —

      1. Okay, read it, about your local government. I’ll post my reply here as when I tried to post a comment, it opened another window.

        Yes, we have a similar setup in Singapore where “Town Councils” are responsible for local municipal deliveries. We as voters have every right to frame our “expectations” based on the electioneering promises of candidates. If they don’t deliver, we vote them out. That is the theory but reality is something else.

  1. The German word for disappointment is “Enttäuschung” which is the word “Täuschung” meaning deception, or illusion plus the prefix “Ent-” which connotes – in this context – a reversal of the deception or illusion. So we have deceived ourselves through the creation of an image about the ‘future’ – an illusion – and then we have the task of reversing that mental/emotional image when we are faced with the reality of the fact that doesn’t correspond to our projected image (expectation). http://heartflow2013.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/were-limiting-ourselves-through-expectation/ ☼ tomas ♥

    1. Thank you for your visit and that link – thoughtful of you.

      “…internal reflection is the only way to navigate your way out of it…” – how very true.

      Have a great Sunday, Tomas

      — Peace, Eric

    1. Very true Janna,
      If we are brutally honest, much can be traced back to source – but it is so much easier to see the problem as created by others.
      Peace, Eric

  2. Ah, expectations – the cause of much misery when not met, yet, a jubilee when met. You wise one ! See, that’s why I relish your writings !
    Lots of love.

      1. Ah, yes, then that would answer my question apropos: who is the master – the writer or the reader!
        Sunday I shall dedicate some time to read Eric’s world !
        Love & hugs to you, my dear friend.

      2. Hello my dear,

        I recall that post of yours. When we say “master” of course, the opposite is not slave – not in the context of reader-writer. Would it be “follower”.

        Or perhaps with writer and reader – it’s more a “partnership” or better still, a “union”, as one feeds off the other. Great writers rely as much on enthusiastic readers as readers are enthused by great writing.

        Semantics perhaps but worth a minute or two of thought.

        Till Sunday, luv and hugz from
        Your doost 🙂

  3. Mornin Eric – My husband has been teaching me about the word expectation. He tries to live without them and is seldom disappointed. When we have had expectations about things and things didn’t go like we expected we tend to get hurt, resentful, angry and spiteful.

    1. Good morning,

      I like your husband even though we’ve not met. I totally share his approach.

      Sometimes, I too find myself setting unreasonable expectations. But hey, we’re still young and will get there.


  4. Oh my gosh, this is so true, Eric! Our expectations can really affect our moods if they’re not met! Loved this question…Should we gaze into the mirror, before we look out the window? Great post and message! Hugs and blessings…

    1. Lauren my dear,

      I’m not surprised you spotted it right away.

      If we are honest and take the time to reflect, in most cases the root cause can be traced to our expectations. With lower expectations, we are mentally prepared and can make contingency plans.

      Thank you for your ever loving presence here.

      Hugs and blessings to a dear friend,

      1. You are very welcome, Eric, and also right about being more mentally prepared with lower expectations. That is the truth, my friend! 🙂

    1. You said it Christy B,

      Reasonableness is the way to go – and this changes with situations and the level of life experiences.

      All good wishes my friend,

      1. A small hint perhaps – I mostly speak, as I comment – one is uttered, the other written.

        All good wishes Gail,
        Eric 🙂

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