Expect Nothing

Expect nothing. Live frugally

            On surprise

    Become a stranger

        To need of pity

Or, if compassion be freely

                Given out

    Take only enough

Stop short of urge to plead

Then purge away the need.

    Wish for nothing larger

Than your own small heart

    Or greater than a star;

Tame wild disappointment

With caress unmoved and cold

            Make of it a parka

                For your soul.

Discover the reason why

So tiny a human midget

                Exists at all

         So scared unwise 

But expect nothing. Live frugally

                On Surprise. — Alice Walker

                            Anything We Love Can be Saved


Author: Dr. Cynthia Yoshitomi

I am an Ordained Catholic Grandma with a Doctorate who continues her commitment to children and the adults who care for them through this site: Through Teaching: For Wisdom For Empathy For Compassion. I am a native of Los Angeles California. Where I learned to Thrive with Everybody! I am currently active in bringing back the Green Circle Program and the memory of the work of Gladys Rawlings, the founder of Green Circle and much more. I am one of the Priests serving the Saint Anthony's Community in Santa Barbara. We meet on Sundays at 9:30 AM behind the Santa Barbara Mission on the Site of the Garden Street School. I am dedicated to the multicultural education, wisdom and dialogue required to:CHANGE MINDS AND HEARTS of Adults and Children through processes like Green Circle,New Games, and Mid-rashing ancient texts and other educational and spiritual processes.