#HighAchievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation. The American dream has now morphed into an expectation.
Life is so constructed, that the event does not, cannot, will not, match the expectation. Our desires always disappoint us; for though we meet something that gives us satisfaction, yet it never thoroughly answers our expectation. And if it isn't provided, or if it doesn't happen, then people feel cheated. The curse of the romantic is a greed for dreams, an intensity of expectation that, in the end, diminishes the reality. Expectation is the mother of all frustration.
I grew up with this naive expectation of people doing right. I learned early to have little expectation, because disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy - the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.
There is no medicine like hope. Hope is favorable and confident expectation. Confidence isn't optimism or pessimism, and it's not a character attribute; it's an expectant attitude that something good is going to happen and things will work out, no matter what situation we're facing.
Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. We must rediscover the distiction between hope and expectation. Security is an insipid thing.
We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake by an infinite expectation of the dawn. To work without attachment is to work without the expectation of reward or fear of any punishment in this world or the next. Work so done is a means to the end, and the end is god.
Love is always bestowed as a gift - freely, willingly and without expectation. We don't love to be loved; we love to love. Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.
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