The other day I was exchanging emails with my friend Kathleen who has extremely diverse interests. She’s an accounting software trainer/working artist / gallery owner. (How’s THAT for variety?!) It had been awhile since we’d talked and I inquired—“how are you?” Kathleen emailed back, “I’m fine…well, OK. But ‘OK’ is the new ‘Fine’, right?” After determining that her “OK” didn’t include poor health or the death of a loved one, I had a chuckle and we moved on to other topics.
Her comment was meant to be humorous—Kathleen’s a very funny person. And it made me laugh right out loud. The comment achieved its purpose: to inject humor into a conversation.
Still, the comment lingers. For me, this off-handed remark speaks to the shifting of expectations. Kathleen explained to me that her “OK” stemmed from the fatigue of weathering the continuing poor economic climate here in Michigan. Indeed, we Michiganders are now satisfied with “OK” when in better times “Fine” would be far more desirable.
Lately, I find myself drawn to the topic of expectations and satisfaction. I’d be curious to hear from you— how have your expectations been shaped or redefined by your life’s circumstances these past 12 months?
Note: Whenever possible, I like to give a shout-out to colleagues who do quality work. If you need Peachtree Software training or are an art afficiando, you may tap into any of Kathleen’s expertise areas:
Business Solutions Training Group, Inc.
Peachtree Accounting Specialists since 1991 The BEST Custom and Standard Business Forms!
Kathleen Mooney, ISEA
Artist and Instructor
Fire and Water Art
Studio and Showroom