‘Expectations’. A word we all are familiar with. A word some of us consider as a boon while some cannot withstand its mere existence. In today’s world, we are often told not to expect things and to just move on ‘with the flow’. We are often asked to keep believing and trusting ourselves, leaving the rest upon fate to carry on. Is that how we should live our lives? Is that how we should achieve our dreams and aspirations? Is that the only way out to seek true success?
As I have always been mentioning, ‘Life’ does not decide our outcomes. It only provides us with situations and challenges, often created by us. Often these challenges are hard. Often these situations are difficult. And how can one succeed without having any expectation? Our expectations are what keep us going, when a heavy bag filled with destress and tension hangs from shoulder and rests upon our back. Expectations are what keeps up the optimism alive within us. How does one move forth towards a goal, when he/she in realty has no expectations at all? There is indeed no guarantee that a person would achieve happiness if nothing is expected by him. Why not then, expect something? Why not then, expect small things as we keep building the blocks that would lead to the ultimate achievement? The joy of glory would multiply to a thousand times when we are successful in fulfilling our expectations. The magnitude of the expectation could range, irrespective of which, the contents would always be great on fulfilment of the expectation.
A question that might be raised now, is, what if the expectations are not met by us? In the first place, the things we expect must be in relative to reality. If still, the issue of not fulfilling the expectation persists, then there is, a fault from your side. The recognition and understanding of this fault would help a person to develop his/her strengths and to overcome his weaknesses. On the other side, when a person does achieve glory without any expectation, how can the true potential of the respective person be determined by him/her? While three may lie a mere sense of agony in not being able to fulfil an expectation, there also lies the scope for betterment and achievement of glory in bigger terms than before. Whatever may happen, the spirit must not die from within. Failing to meet an expectation must be countered with lessons learnt, out of that failure.
All throughout, there is only one kind of expectation that I have been taking about, which is the expectation one has from himself/herself. That, indeed must be the only kind of expectation that rests within oneself. Expecting from others and trying to meet the expectation of others are not the things we need to be concerned about. If there is a goal and a will to achieve that goal, then having an expectation to achieve that very goal or dream, is what would indeed help in ensuring success!