This is exactly what St. Francis of Assisi said in the early 13thcentury. St. Francis of Assisi asserted that “he who expects nothing, enjoys everything”. How true this is? If only we could lower our expectations everything that comes our way will be an added bonus. However to most of us we expect everything and wind up enjoying nothing. We spoil a perfect present by dreaming of a possible rosy future
The important thing is that we should keep our expectations in perspective. This does not mean that we should lead a life devoid of any ambition or desire. A life without ambition can be dull and drab. A life without any purpose is like setting sail into the ocean without sails. While we should be imbued with ambition that will propel us along in life we should not pin our enjoyment in the current moment based on only achieving these goals.
The issue most of the times is that we are so bent on getting that promotion in office, or buying a shinier new car or moving into a large house that we fail to enjoy even what we have. We tend to complain and find fault in what we have. We keep dreaming and dreaming of something that we don’t have which results in utter discontent and dissatisfaction in our regular lives.
We expect so much in life. We feel that we deserve many things. When these hopes or ambitions are not realized we end up feeling crushed. We not only don’t enjoy what we have in the moment but we also feel utterly devastated when we don’t get what we had hoped for.
We must have ambition in life but we should not pin our hopes on them. We need to continue to enjoy what we already have. If we do get what we aim for then our enjoyment and happiness will increase manifold.
So the right approach in life is to rein in our expectations while fully enjoying what we have at hand. We should accept all things that happen to us as our good providence. By this way we will lead a more happy and contented life.