Plan A and Plan B
Some people always have excuses for not showing up when they plan to do something with me. They will promise to be at a place at a certain time, and then not show. Their excuses are valid, but they always have excuses. They insist that they want to see me and do things with me, but they rarely do.
I used to get upset because I would set aside my plans, to meet them for whatever we were going to do, and then they didn’t show. I no longer get upset. I stopped expecting them to keep their promises of showing up. When these people are my Plan A, I always have a Plan B.
I make another plan when these people plan to see me. If they show up, then okay. If not, then I carry on with Plan B. To paraphrase Alexander Pope, those who expect nothing can never be disappointed.