in praise of low expectations

I found a piece of paper in an old journal.  On it were written quotes from various sources, including this from Harper’s Findings:

“The brains of obese women expect more gratification from a chocolate milkshake than is actually experienced; the brains of non-obese women are more realistic in their milkshake expectations.”

Also, Nabokov was a tough grader on everybody, but himself.  (And rightly so).

Finally, a thought inspired by Wimbledon:
the follow-through of a stroke in tennis is (almost) as important as the point of contact with the ball.  Wouldn’t it be cool if that principle applied more in real life–if thinking about something, for example, after it happened could affect the outcome?  Other applications?

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