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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

How Reality affects our Expectations

"Surely he will come?". Painting by Christen Dalsgaard. From the Hirschsprung Collection, Denmark.

Written by: Muoka Chibuzor in collaboration with "The Thinkers"


Expectations
Expectation is a strong belief that something; mainly something positive will happen. In the case of uncertainty, expectation is what is considered the most likely to happen. An expectation, which is a belief that is centered on the future, may or may not be realistic. 

A less advantageous result gives rise to the emotion of disappointment. If something happens that is not at all expected, it is a surprise. An expectation about the behavior or performance of another person, expressed to that person, may have the nature of a strong request, or an order. The degree to which something is expected to be true can be expressed using probability.

Reality
Reality is your current situation. You can't deny it, even when you reject it by faith. Reality is the state of things as they actually exist, rather than as they may appear or might be imagined. In a wider definition, reality includes everything that is and has been, whether or not it is observable or comprehensible. A still broader definition includes everything that has existed, exists, or will exist.

Relationship between Reality and Expectation
The relationship between reality and expectation are intertwined. They just work hand in glove and cannot be separated. It is evident in our every day life, and has led to the rise and fall of heroes and heroines.

The two moves together for the Future to come to accomplishment. If the reality of a situation is favourable therefore your expectations in that situation will be accomplished. But if the reality of a situation is unfavourable, therefore expectations shatter.  The ability of an Individual to ascertain the reality of a moment is very essential, although change is constant.

Most times Reality is not favourable, and if you keep waiting for Favorable Conditions, you will never act. Because the life we live in, celebrates the brave. The brave are those who stood their grounds and insisted that they must accomplish a particular task. Even when the conditions set by reality was clearly affecting expectations.
“If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work. The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come.” ― C.S. Lewis

He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap. - Ecclesiastes 11:4
Good News! Reality is changeable.

Reality is not static, it is not permanent. It is subjective. Whatever the reality of life looks like, your expectation is adjustable and it is achievable to match the reality. Every day there are irritations, missed opportunities and changes that mess with reality.

It's just life. Days are made with ups and downs, no matter how you try to deny or faith it. But you can choose how it changes as much as possible. In relationship, work or career related issues, issues of health and in all facets of life.

Please accept the obvious and move on by lowering your expectation. A Lowered positive expectations will ultimately increase your happiness ratio and makes you to be at peace. Importantly, please avoid negative expectations. It's not an alternative to reality.

It's hard to go from negative expectations to positive expectations. If you are by any means disappointed, reduce expectations to match reality and find ways to be grateful until you can slowly change the situation. 

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