Think about it. What causes disappointment? Unmet expectations. What ruins relationships? Unaligned expectations.
Nothing like it.
It's my birthday. Why didn't you bring me breakfast in bed?
And if the guy/gal did, then it's Why didn't you bring a long-stemmed rose with the tray? That's what I bought that miniature vase for, you dimwit.
And if the rose was brought, then But it has thorns. Didn't you learn that you never ever give a rose with thorns? Don't you know that it means (whatever the language of flowers say it means)?
Expectations, by their very nature, create dissatisfaction.
|This is Romy & her mom.|
Her story makes Cinderella's look mundane.
Look at your dog. No expectations. Hope, yes. They live in hope; eternal, undying hope. But s/he is happy--satisfied--with whatever you give. Sure s/he wants you to come home, but when you do, even if it's three AM, the joy at seeing you is never marred by a sulk. If you forget to feed him/her, s/he won't hold it against you for the remainder of his/her life. S/he's doesn't expect you to produce food, and every time you do, s/he's amazingly happy--and grateful--that you did. And if you don't, no hard feelings.
(Which makes you feel, of course, all the more guilty and horrible for being six minutes late with dinner.)
Expectations are the enemy of gratitude. And forgiveness. And those... Well, they're the key to bliss.
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