What Were Your Expectations?

Sometimes you aren’t annoyed because something happened. You are annoyed that you expected something else to happen.

That’s all life is sometimes. A series of disappointments.

But what if we reframe the disappointments and unmet expectations into gratitude for what was. For the opportunities we had. For the things we achieved. For the blessings we received. What if we see the expectation for what it really is?

A misguided idea that we can control other people.

And well, that’s never a winning proposition.

Don’t be upset. If it won’t matter 5 years from now, don’t be annoyed about it for more than 5 minutes.

But you’ll be annoyed anyway. Because expectations are a hell of a thing. Expectations hurt.

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2 Comments

  • Gia
    Posted September 14, 2017 8:34 am 0Likes

    I’m such an idealist. It kills me ever so often. Stoicism is also helping me to ‘put pressure on myself, cut others some slack’ (paraphrased). Doing this has reduced my expectations of things outside of my direct power.

    • Yoo Need More Jodi
      Posted September 14, 2017 10:50 am 0Likes

      That’s been the benefit of Stoicism for me as well. A knowledge that my job in life is to expect greatly of myself and work on that. Others are outside my sphere of direct influence.

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