BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, October 15th, 2020 by Robert Mack in HAPPINESS FROM THE INSIDE OUT

“Expectation is the source of all misery in the world. In order to be happy, therefore, you must give up your expectations; you must detach from the need for having specific outcomes or specific or specific results. You must not expect anybody to do or not do anything in particular and you must not expect anything in particular to happen or not happen. This is the law of expectation. When you learn to accept and love what is, you open yourself up to a world of possibilities. You must learn to let the present be what it is – a gift in its own right – without wrapping it and coloring it with expectations of what it might become, good or bad.

You can tell you’ve violated the law of expectation when you feel negative emotion. The moment you feel disappointed, angry, frustrated, or resentful is the moment you’ve traded unconditional happiness for conditional happiness.You feel negative emotion only because you’re comparing what you think should be or could be. Every time you make that kind of comparison you’re jeopardizing your present moment. And as you jeopardize your present moment, you jeopardize your future moments too, because unhappiness now leads to greater unhappiness later.”

Robert Mack, in “Happiness from the Inside Out”

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