Specific expectations

Today I biked by a church that advertised Sunday services starting at 10:40 am. I have a feeling this congregation does not have many stragglers. It is one thing to show up at 10:05 for a 10 am service, but it seems as though a 10:43 arrival for something that starts at 10:40 would be incredibly awkward. This made me think: How can we be bold enough to identify, then state our exact expectations for a given outcome whether with children, colleagues or family? How would that specificity effect our everyday lives? In the meanwhile, how can we be direct without be offensive?

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