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Which is more accurate where there is a will there is away or expect the unexpected?

Asked by philosopher (8564 points ) April 3rd, 2012

Both quotes are accurate at times in my opinion. You also have to believe to accomplish things. Do you agree yes, No and why?

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Blackberry's avatar

Expect the unexpected.

JLeslie's avatar

For me expect the unexpected is something I live by more in my life than if there is a will there is a way.

Expecting the unexpected means being prepared with a plan B, planning things with some cushion for something to not happen as planned. Also, if you expect unnexpected things to happen, it can make it less upsetting when things don’t go as expected.

If there is a will there is a way, well sometimes there just is no way. But, it is good to give it your best shot if there is a possibility.

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@JLeslie
I agree but I have over come much and never give up on what matters. I prevail at least ninety percent of the time.
I believe by being positive I have found away to do overcome things that many give up on. I shock people all the time. It requires great persistence to overcome things. Negative people always accomplish less.
@Blackberry
It helps me be prepared to think this way.

marinelife's avatar

Expect the unexpected is true more often than not.

Where there is a will, there is a way is sometimes true.

King_Pariah's avatar

“where there is a will there is away” Confused… :S lol

Anyway, for me, where there is a will there is a way is what I live by and it works much more often than expect the unexpected. Frankly, you can’t expect all that could be unexpected, life has a way of throwing in surprises that you can never see coming, instead, I prefer, what comes will come, what will be will be, que sera sera

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@marinelife
I think both apply to life. It is smart to expect the unexpected.
@King_Pariah
I think that means you are willing to work very hard for what matter to you. I am the same.

JLeslie's avatar

@philosopher I think my husband would pick when there is a will there is a way first also. He is much more ambitious than me, much better at overcoming obstacles, and better at putting a “mistake” behind him and moving forward towards his goals.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

As you mentioned in your details, they can both take part in our experiences. They are not mutually exclusive.

For me, expecting the unexpected shows both eager anticipation and dread. It has a duality about it.

The aphorism “where there is a will, there is a way” is more singular. It focuses attention on action.

They can both exist in the same situation at times.

In my life, I relish and dread unexpected things, and I also work to make things happen.

philosopher's avatar

@Hawaii_Jake
It sounds like you have a great attitude.
@JLeslie
I think as I do because I have had to overcome obstacles and I have been successful despite that many people said I could not. I advocate for my autistic son and others like him.
When he was a Toddler the incompetent staff at a therapeutic nursery said, he would never speak. I found ABA people and they taught him to speak. I don’t accept No without throughly investigating every possibility.

YARNLADY's avatar

I’m wondering if you have made a typing error, since the saying I know is Where the a will, there is a way not away.

I do not believe that saying unless it means at all costs, regardless of the consequences.

Expect the unexpected is a conundrum, and is true.

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@YARNLADY
No that is the exact saying my family and friends grew up saying. Where there is a will there is away.

Bellatrix's avatar

Like @YARNLADY I would also say ‘where there is a will, there is a way’. In other words, if you want something badly enough you will find a way to make it happen. I don’t think this is entirely true or even always healthy. There are times when it is best to let things go. At other times though, it is better to be determined and not to give up when life throws ‘unexpected’ challenges at you.

‘Expect the unexpected’ is a more accurate truism in my experience. As soon as I think things are wonderful and settled, something will happen to rock my boat. Such is life. It keeps things interesting.

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