Anyone who has spent time in Arab countries especially, has met with “InshAllah”, translated to God willing.
Need a cab? Call 45 minutes in advance and ask if the cab will arrive on time? “InshAllah”
Call again to see when it will arrive…after 10 minutes? “Ohhhh k InshAllah”
I’ve been working 10 hours a day for the past 3 weeks. Will I leave on time today? “InshAllah” -or- I’ve only had one day off in the last 4 weeks. Will I have a weekend this time? “InshAllah”
Will I make my flight with 10 minutes til boarding closes, despite the fact I’ve been standing in the immigration line for 30 minutes for you to tell me I have no exit visa, despite this document I gave you with various stamps and signatures? “InshAllah”
Will my magazine subscription that I paid 3 times more for so it would be delivered to a country outside the EU arrive? “InshAllah”
Will I be paid this month? “InshAllah”. Ok, then will I be paid on time? “InshAllah”
Did you get my salad right this time after I sent it back 3 times already? “InshAllah”
So, in order to manage expectations, please meet the levels of InshAllah. Let’s apply this to whether or not you will for instance be able to access a building you need a gate pass for.
InshAllah level 1: We are going to do everything in power to make this happen. Paperwork is all done, everything is processed, you will enter the building.
InshAllah level 2: We have all the paperwork done, everything is processed, you are going to have to wait, maybe 2 hours in 40 degrees heat, but you will enter the building eventually.
InshAllah level 3: We received all the paperwork, we received many phone calls from lots of people, including important people – not that it matters, you are going to have to wait, maybe 2 hours, maybe more, we would really like you to access the building, but, its not going to happen.
And really, these levels can be applied to pretty much anything. InshAllah.