A great many people are disappointed because of unrealistic expectations.
Walking up to a department store’s fabric counter, an attractive young woman said, “I want to buy this material for a new dress. How much does it cost?”
“Only one kiss per yard,” replied the smirking male clerk.
Not to be taken back by the harassment, the woman said, “That’s fine! I’ll take ten yards.”
With expectation and anticipation written all over his face, the clerk hurriedly measured out and wrapped the cloth, then held it out teasingly, leaning forward to receive his “payment.”
The woman snapped up the package and pointed to a little old man standing beside her. “Grandpa will pay the bill,” she smiled.
He was no doubt disappointed. But in the course of living, many people are disappointed when others do not live up (or down, in this case!) To their expectations.
In order to be happy, some expectations must be dropped. These unrealistic and unhealthy expectations are three of the main culprits.
1. Do not EXPECT appreciation. When others say, “Thank you,” or in any way show their gratitude, be happy. It is a gift!
2. Do not EXPECT others to make you happy. They simply cannot do that. Make yourself happy and share your joy with others.
3. Do not expect NOT to be let down. At times, people will simply not come through for you in the way you need. Forgive them and move on.
Get rid of these three expectations and you will be getting rid of daily disappointment!
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