• Michael Dahdal

Burden Of Expectations

Having expectations is natural, in many cases, even unavoidable.

But expectations can also come with a heavy burden,

Because with expectation comes inevitable disappointment.

The disappointment of not having your expectations met.

Which is, in it’s own way, a reality of the lived human experience.

A burden we need to be willing to accept - if we actually want to live a little.

And the alternative - not having any expectations at all - comes with its own pitfalls.

Because no expectations, means no strong convictions

Sure, it may save you some heartache, but in the same token, this absence ensures that there’s nothing there to really drive

you forward and nothing seemingly important enough to protect.

The key then is to ensure that expectations don’t become too heavy a burden - that they remain grounded, realistic and act as a catalyst for growth.

A way of measuring up and identifying when you’ve fallen short.

Holding your self to a certain standard and to a lesser extent holding others you commune with to a standard of some sort as well.

Not for you to go and dwell in that space, but rather using it as a reference point to reflect upon, to be able to learn and grow.

To reinforce some of your relationships and aim to do things better.

And although you’re within your right to expect things of others, it’s important to know full well, that you only really have dominion over yourself

How you respond,

Over the choices you make,

The expectations you keep,

And the actions you take.

Because despite your best efforts and all your good intentions, you’re still bound to fall short sometimes, that’s almost guaranteed.

So you'll need to be ok just knowing that, even if your expectations aren’t being met, you're at least giving it everything you’ve got and doing everything you can.

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