Do NOT Expect
If you think this is a perfect world then prepare to face a perfect disappointment. This world is not a perfect one and will never be. Things are not the way you wish them to be. People don’t behave, talk and think the way you thought (or wished) they would. Your co-workers, your boss, your friends, the people you love might treat you in a way quite the opposite of what you expect.
Nothing is perfect in this world. Nobody is perfect in this world. So, do not expect too much or do not expect anything at all from anyone.
Do not expect that the politicians will deliver on their promises. Believe me, politicians are very good at breaking promises. So, do not believe them when they say that should you vote for them they would make the country a paradise here on earth. Be thankful if they could but do not bet on it. But vote just the same. Then, after casting your vote, keep your fingers crossed and hope that you voted for the right candidates. The truth is no earthly being is capable of making the social, political and economic conditions of the world perfect.
Expect nothing from your leaders. Be thankful if they deliver on their promises. But wait, if you think you could do better than any of the aspiring candidates – that your country is better off with you as the leader – then run for public office. If not, it would be best if you just keep quiet and perform your civic duties and be a responsible person and citizen. Just focus on your personal growth and development. Become your best self. Before you expect others to change for the better, talk first to the person you see when you face a mirror and ask this question – “Are you better than them or are your worse?”
Do not also expect that the workplace is a perfect environment. That’s the worst assumption to make. You will never find a heavenly workplace. You will end up disappointed if you expect that the people in your organization, from the rank and file to the people upstairs, are angels. They are not. They are just like you and me – humans. They could be worse than us – or better. Who knows?
Expect nothing from anyone in your workplace. Just work and perform your duties and responsibilities as stipulated in your job description. That’s the way to do it. Love the job and enjoy the pay. But make sure that you deserve the pay – that every single cent you receive you worked hard for it.
If you’re not happy with the job and the pay – LEAVE. If you love your work and the compensation is good but you feel that the organizational climate is so terrible that it suffocates you then LEAVE. If you feel like you’re being taken advantage of – LEAVE. It is as simple as that. Find employment somewhere else. Find the perfect workplace you dream of. If you think you are too good to be just an employee then start a business. Make it grow. Employ people and see for yourself if you would be a better employer than the employers you hate.
You should not expect other people to solve your problems – not even if those people are mandated by their job description to solve those problems. They might not. Even if it is the moral obligation of a person to help you get out of a difficult situation, don’t expect that you’ll get help from that person. Be thankful if you’ll get it but one thing you OUGHT to learn is this – solve your own problems. Find a solution to whatever difficulties you are encountering.
Do not expect people to think and behave the way you do and embrace your principles and advocacies. Always remember that people look at things from their own perspectives and are driven by a set of motivations that may be entirely different from yours. Never assume that your perspectives are correct and theirs are wrong.
Remember that people think and behave in different ways. The biggest disappointment you’ll ever encounter is when you expect that all people (or even half of them) are reasonable and conscientious.
You will be gravely disappointed if you expect that the love, generosity and kindness you show will be reciprocated by your friends, loved ones or anyone around you. If they do then lucky you. Do not expect any of them to praise the good things you’re doing and express gratitude for the favors you do for them. Lucky you if they would.
Lucky you, indeed, if the people you deal with , the leaders you elect, the ones you work with and work for, and your family and friends have conscience and conduct themselves within the bounds of reason.
If not, does it mean mean you are unlucky? Not necessarily. Things just didn’t turn out the way you wanted. At least, don’t be like them.
You have two options. You need to decide. Move away from them or embrace them for the way that they are.
As Mother Theresa said, “People are often unreasonable and self-centered, forgive them anyway.”
She added, “ You give the world the best you have and it may never be enough, give your best anyway.”
You might not get the fair treatment and respect you think you deserve but you do not have to retaliate. As Martin Luther King Jr. puts it, “Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” He also said this… “the ark of the moral universe is long, but it bends on justice.” So, do no wrong because when that ark finally bends, you may get hit.
So, when your expectations are not met, move on and say, “Life goes on.”
Hold on to your dreams. Hold on to the values you hold dear.
Finally, there are two questions you need to answer. Are you a better person than those who you think disappoint you? That’s the first question. Here’s the second. Do they not consider you a disappointment also?