Too many expectations will always be the root of our unhappiness. People live with expectations placed on them every single day. As small child, parents have expectations that their children will achieve and will do well.
Through institutions like school, expectations are placed on parents for their children to do well. With realistic expectations of what we can expect, what we want to happen, we continue to place expectations on each other, in how we want things to go and what we want to get out of those things,
But the further away we are from our realities, the more disappointed we will be. Realities are what lives are based on and yet we may run from those when things become too difficult for us to deal with.
With expectations the pressure is already on and that will always be the ‘root of unhappiness.’ Expectations are based on ideals. Not putting the pressure on yourself or others, just being okay with things and going with the flow, is the way to go.
When we learn not to expect, we will never be disappointed. Don’t feel pressured into doing something just because it’s expected. In families, around culture it is important we continue to choose how we want to live.
Expectations will always be the root cause of our unhappiness, particularly when they’re someone else’s. On our part, it’s important any expectations don’t gradually slide into a sense of entitlement, because that will definitely be the root of our unhappiness.