If life is there, there ought to be expectations for without expectations life would seem full of drudgery and aimless. However, to aim for something, work towards achieving it and actually reaching there is different from having expectations and not being able to fulfil them. Generally, one sets aim for himself or herself and tries to reach there with one’s own effort and strategy. Expectations are dependent on others as somebody else is expected to fulfil them.
In any organisation, the end of the year is the time for reward and recognition. While everyone tries to make an effort to the best of one’s capability, the distribution of reward and recognition is seldom uniform and therefore, while it exceeds expectations in certain cases, expectations are belied in certain others. This is because fulfilment of our expectations is generally not a function of our effort and ability but on how the same are perceived by others and is therefore, dependent on others. However, excellence, hard work and self satisfaction are something within our own control, helping us achieving our ultimate aim, objective or goal, whatever you may call it! This brings us to the second difference between aim and expectations- aim is long term and is the end result; expectations are short term and event based!
It all comes back to the same universal teaching of Bhagvad Gita, which my regular readers by now remember by heart. I would not have liked to repeat the same shloka for the risk of sounding preachy, but that’s the sure short panacea for one to overcome the disappointment of unfulfilled expectations and therefore, I can’t help but to mention it.
Karmanye vadhika raste, Ma phaleshu kadachana
Ma karma phala he tur bhuh, ma te sangotsva karmanye.
Let’s take all this in our stride and move ahead! There’s is much more to life than expectations belied, for the ultimate end is the only truth and rest all is mirage! We must enjoy the journey as the end is assured; small blips here and there are aberrations!