As allegations, accusations, and anonymous sources pile up in the press, it’s easy to slip into a pattern of wishful thinking as a means of maintaining a calm center in the storm.

Yes, we’re overwhelmed with information.  But much of it is speculation.

For many, the subtext of the current narrative seems to be, “it’s only a matter of time” before certain facts are revealed that confirm all suspicions and lead to a single inevitable conclusion.

But what happens if the facts, when ultimately revealed, don’t fit your desired outcome?

Allowing expectations to shape your thinking will only lead to negativity. The facts don’t determine your outlook; a negative mental state arises from the inability to reconcile the gap between the facts and what your expectations were.

Don’t get angry about the facts; they will be what they will be.  To maintain balance and move forward, start by eliminating your expectations.

This is also true in journalism.  A predetermined narrative must not drive a reporter’s search for truth.  While it’s often true that where there’s smoke there’s fire, it’s best not to get excited until you actually see the flames.