UBC Day 21 – Expect to suffer

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An expectation, which is a belief that is centered on the future, may or may not be realistic. If something happens that is not at all expected and you like it, it is a surprise. A less advantageous result gives rise to the emotion of disappointment and you will suffer.

Buddha stated โ€œthat suffering is an inherent part of existence; that the origin of suffering is ignorance and the main symptoms of that ignorance are attachment, craving and expectations.โ€ Everyone expects something from someone and on not getting it there is a sense of disappointment. Expectation is an integral human emotion and if you say you donโ€™t expect then I would say that you are not humane.

I am good with someone if he/she is good to me, and I am not talking about love over here. Even in love people say that itโ€™s about giving and not expecting, I will be blunt and say to those that go and talk to the one who didnโ€™t get what he/she wanted in love, talk to those who failed in love even after giving everything to their lover. In love there are expectations, I would ask those who are love tell me donโ€™t you expect your other half to love you the way you love him/her, isnโ€™t there a craving that he/she should love you more than anyone else in this world, that my dear is expectation and nobody humane can say he/she doesnโ€™t have any expectations.

I expect a lot from people I care about, from my friends, and I do get disappointed and then suffer a lot on not getting what I want. I expect a lot and that has caused me a lot of pain over the years, and now that I can stop being possessive but I can surely muster enough courage to say that I would stop expecting, and I no I am contradicting myself here as I said no one can say she doesnโ€™t expect, I will say I will stop expecting a lot and will expect very less, that I think is possible.

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