Have you ever been certain an event would turn out one way and then were devastated when it didn't? If so, you know what it's like to be "slain by an expectation."
In the last few weeks, my closest friend and mentor "died" five times due to heart failure en route by helicopter for what ultimately turned out to be successful heart bypass surgery. Two weeks later, I had a problem that put me in the emergency room. Days later, our beloved chief operating officer was diagnosed with breast cancer. While my mentor has had ongoing health problems, I wasn't prepared to have a personal health issue nor was I prepared for our COO's problem. I was slain by the expectation that "it can't happen to me."