[success]We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn. Henry David Thoreau[/success]

Blessed is he who expects nothing, because he won’t be disappointed.  Yep.  I heard that a lot as a kid, usually from my big brother who was busily licking his fingers and putting them all over the cake I wanted to eat.  Yuck…I was doomed to second choices.

But expectations are the fuel of faith.  A vibration of consciousness.  And whatever we expect, or don’t expect will be just what we get.

I have a little story, one you may have heard before.

There were two farmers whose land was dry and parched and they were praying for rain.

Their desire was for rain.  Every day they’d go out and check the fields.

Dry as a bone.

Nothing was happening.

One of the farmers got pretty fed up with the whole thing.  But the other one began to dig ditches.

What the heck are you doing said farmer number one?

Digging ditches the second farmer replied.

Why on earth would you do that…there’s not a cloud in the sky?

Because said the second farmer, I’m expecting rain and I don’t want my crops to be washed away.

First farmer laughed or maybe he snorted…whatever he did, he wasn’t digging ditches.

And then the heavens opened and it chucked it down, and farmer of little faith, and no expectations, had all his crops washed away.

The moral of the story is that we are less victims of fate and more victims of our lack of faith.  What we do is look at our world through the eyes of our current consciousness, our current limitations.  And of course from this perspective everything seems impossible.

In this case:

Haven’t had rain for ever.

Want rain, but how can rain fall from a clear blue sky?

[success] There are no facts, only interpretations. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche[/success]

Oh yes, facts can never change.  It’s a fact, so that’s that.

We’re all inclined to think this, forgetting that we live in a plastic universe, forever being moulded by our thoughts and feelings.  Nothing is set in stone.  Everything is changeable.  Life is always changeable.

The laws of consciousness, or attraction, or vibration, whatever you want to call them, work with the same consistency for us all.

It all begins with our interest in something.  Our desire to experience something other than what we currently see around us.  What we’re interested in gets our attention.  And then we need expectation which opens the flow to all we desire.  It’s an active form of attention.’

Do you make this mistake with Universal Laws?  This is where so many of us fall short.  Expectations are the missing link.

We desire something, we give it our attention, well sometimes only a bit of attention, but secretly, deep in our hearts we don’t really expect to get our desire fulfilled.  Our current state of mind tell us it’s just not possible.  There’s no sign of rain, so it’s not going to rain any time soon.

Or things like that don’t happen for me.  I’m not that lucky, life is hard, and all the other wah, wah, wah, woe is me thoughts, that fly together, just like those proverbial birds of a feather.

Without expectation, we’re not really activating the law of attraction.

It can be as easy as expecting a joy filled, happy day.  Take me for example.  And just in case my Darling One is reading this…and saying something like…yes please…maybe we should talk?

Yesterday, I couldn’t choose the one happy outcome for my day that I intended to focus on…there were so many…so I basically said to heck with it…I’m just going to choose to be happy.

Turned out quite well.  I was a little bit late, so I was travelling a little bit fast…maybe a lot faster than I should, when lo and behold there he was, a little fellow on his motorbike pointing a little black thing at me.  Oh, oh.  I slammed on my brakes and as I sauntered slowly past him…if you can saunter in a car…I gave him a wry grin and a shrug of the shoulders, which counted as my sorry your honour.  He didn’t smile but I do believe I saw a little shoulder shrug.

And would you believe it, he totally ignored me.  No flashing of lights, no sirens…nothing.

Choosing to be happy for the day, was my desire…my attention was on feeling happy…I expected a happy day and the lovely police officer allowed me to sail on by.  If you knew my history of three times in traffic school, all for travelling a little bit faster than I was supposed to, you’d know this had to be the laws of consciousness operating in full swing, and joy of joys, on my behalf instead of ‘agin me.

[success] If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal. ~ Norman Vincent Peale [/success]

Don’t focus on the things that are less than happy, or abundant or joyful, because you might be missing the very things you desire most and fail to attract the wonderful things that are all around you.  In fact you might be attracting a police officer who offers you a ticket instead of a shrug of the shoulders.

We need to be as the farmer who desired his good and expected it to arrive.  As we live  in the consciousness of what we desire as being already here, already done, patiently waiting in the knowledge that our desires, if persisted in become a fact of life for us, it will become so.

Now it’s your turn.  What have you been expecting lately.  Good or bad?  Let us know in the comments below…enquiring minds want to know.

Encourage one another.

Love Elle


Elle Sommer is the author of 4 books and a workbook. Her latest publications are a series called The Power of Consciousness, and you will find all three books in this trilogy now available on Kindle. She shares quotes, inspiration and positive vibes on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. And her greatest desire is to encourage and inspire others to create not just a good life, but a phenomenal life.


  1. Expectations are tricky. We have to live expecting the best, and at the same time not get too attached to outcomes. I like what you said about choosing. Einstein said that we choose whether to see the universe as friendly or hostile. That choice creates our perceptions. You’ve given me a lot to think about!

    • Elle

      Hi Galen, nice to see you again. I think Einstein is a genius…oh wait…so did everybody else! Perceptions make all the difference in the world to our life experience…might as well choose to make them good. 🙂

  2. Elle,

    Great post! I have been working on expecting the good — focusing on what I do want, focusing on positive objectives, and giving those thoughts energy. I can see “markers” that I am moving in that direction, so it’s promising!

    Thanks for a wonderful message today! 🙂

    • Elle

      Hello Victor, nice to have you in the conversation. I think it’s fabulous that you’re seeing ‘signs of land’ as you expect those good things to show up.

      I always think it’s so cool that all we need to do is focus our attention on what we want and persist in it, till it physically shows up. It’s a wonderful system. 🙂

  3. Elle,
    I really like what you had to say about the Law of Attraction and expectation. I chose to be happy and chose to be positive, and yet somehow I try not to have expectations because I believe people and life can then be beyond our expectations. Does that make sense?? Or maybe I should say, I try to have attachment to outcome yet I still try to want something out of life. Hopefully you know what I’m trying to say!
    Loved your thought-provoking post!

    • Elle

      Hello Betsy, great addition to the conversation. Simply expecting good things for everyone works well for me. 🙂

  4. I do like the idea of having an expectation for myself for the day. That goes along with the Law of Attraction. I’m with the others on not having expectations for others. That way I’m not disappointed. We can’t control what is beyond our reach, yet to set intentions for the day or for our live feels positive, as we then move toward our goals. It is tricky, but love your post and thanks for bringing up a great topic.

  5. Elle

    Welcome to the conversation Cathy. I hear you about things being tricky, and as I said to Betsy just expecting good things for all has a way of turning out happily in my life. 🙂

  6. Hi Elle, You just reminded me of the BEST story reagrding getting pulled over and a little angelic intervention. I was trying to think of something uplifting to write about this week, and now I have it 🙂

    Current circumstances COULD be perceived as rather rainless for the crops, but I know the rain will come (or the universe will otherwise send sustenance – it’s not always the one we’ve named). People think I am bats to have faith like that, but since I’ve proven it to myself time and again, I know that sitting around waiting for bad things to happen is SO not the way to go!

    Thanks for the food for thought 🙂

    • Elle

      Hello Julie, sorry for delay in responding…I’m travelling and you know what that’s like! I’m so glad to hear that you’ve got a great idea for your best story of being pulled over. Can’t wait to read it. And I don’t think you’re bats kiddo, I think you’re brilliant. 🙂

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