Friday, April 1, 2011

Don't expect the anticipated obvious

If I am able to manage my expectations, then I find that things work out better for me. So many times we try to anticipate the obvious, but so many times it does not quite work the way we would like it to. Here are a few examples.

If I go to the supermarket or electronics store, I never expect that someone is automatically going to help me. I ask for help.
Whenever I visit my doctor or dentist, I never anticipate that the receptionist will help me to find the appropriate office. I ask for help but in most cases, help is readily given.
I never expect that someone crossing the street at the same time as I am is automatically going to offer to help me. If I feel the need for help then I ask for it.
I never anticipate that airline staff will help me when I approach their check in desk. I request help before I fly and it’s the same for when I travel by train.

This is what works for me. Others may have various other strategies that work just as well or even better. You may want to check out a few other ideas by visiting www.nfb.org.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a terrific day and inviting you to go out there and share my thoughts with others.

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