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Chief Joseph and John Cali
from the July 2009 Star Beacon
by Chief Joseph and John Cali
probably heard it said you get what you expect. Do you really
believe that? Many people I know don’t. Yet they always do get what
We’ve talked about expectations in two earlier articles,
one on July 8, 2008 and the other Oct. 7, 2008. But I thought it
time to revisit expectations, since it’s a subject riddled with
fear and negativity. I was reminded of this when I went for a
haircut recently at Frank’s Barber Shop.
Frank was his usual bubbly self, cracking jokes and, with his
twinkling eye, casting joy among all those in his shop.
The customer in the chair began talking about aging,
nursing homes, debilitating diseases, and other depressing stuff
about getting older.
Frank said he’d never go to a nursing home or ever agree to anyone
taking care of him.
Mind you, Frank is 75 years old. Yet, unlike so many in
his generation, he’s perfectly healthy and fit. He still lifts
weights and jogs. He looks a good 25 or more years younger than he
The customer, obviously much younger than Frank, said,
“Well, if you live into your 90s (a good possibility for Frank), I
expect you’re going to need someone to take care of you.”
Frank’s reply: “Never!”
What was going on here?
The customer was simply stating the facts (or so it
seemed). After all, most people in their 90s do need someone to
take care of them. But not everyone in their 90s does.
I know two men here in Cody, Wyo., both in their 90s.
They still walk around unassisted, drive their own cars, are
physically active and mentally sharp, participate in community
affairs, and have wives also in their 90s.
Frank’s customer was talking about statistics. Numbers
signifying nothing — unless you expect to be one of those
statistics. Frank obviously doesn’t.
Here’s Chief Joseph.
One of your writers once said, “Grow old with me, the
best is yet to be ...” (Joseph is referring to Robert Browning, an
English poet who lived in the 1800s.)
Yet that is not the way it is for many of you. You grow
old and it turns out to be the worst, or at least not particularly
There is no universal law, never was, that says as you
move through the years your bodies must fall apart.
Yet that’s what happens with so many of you. Aging —
moving through the years — has absolutely nothing to do with your
bodies deteriorating. John gave three prime examples of that —
Frank and the two friends in their 90s.
So what’s the difference between those three men and all
the others populating your nursing homes, assisted-living
facilities, and hospitals?
In a word — attitude. Or expectations.
The mass consciousness, illustrated beautifully by
Frank’s negative customer, is “You ain’t gonna make it into your
90s (if you even get that far) without someone to watch over you.”
That’s certainly an accurate observation if you look at
and believe your statistics. But as John said, statistics are only
numbers signifying nothing. Unless you expect to become one of
If you do expect that, fearing there’s no way you can
escape that “fate,” that’s the reality you’ll create for
We have a lot of fun observing you humans. We have the
greatest love and respect for all of you, but it really is amusing
for us to watch you sometimes.
John said you always get what you expect. We agree, with
these additional comments:
You often expect “bad” experiences. So If you expect and
believe age equals physical deterioration, that will be your
experience. You don’t, after all, question or doubt statistics —
they are the gospel of your modern world.
But when you expect good experiences, often you sabotage
those good expectations. How?
Well, for starters, by feeling undeserving, by believing
in limitation, and so on. So your “good” expectations turn sour
and become “bad” expectations. Those expectations then become your
reality — which, remember, you created.
There is more to this subject than we have time for
today. But remember this, friends, if you remember nothing else
we’ve said here today:
You deserve to live lives filled to overflowing
with love, joy, abundance, and all else you have ever wanted or
dreamed for yourselves. You deserve it all!
Expect it. Believe it. And it will be yours.