I: You expect too much!
Me: After all it is natural to expect.
I: But it hurts when expectations do not get fulfilled!
Me: And you feel the most satisfied when your expectations do get completed.
I: Majority of the time expectations are just that – expectations!
Me: The law of averages has to catch on.
I: Bah! You are talking nonsense… You are expecting your expectations to be fulfilled. You are personifying recursion!
Me: What is wrong in hoping? Everyone has expectations.
I: Is everyone happy?
Me: No, but what does happiness has to do with expectations. Being happy is a state of mind.
I: Ok, tell me one thing… Don’t you feel happy when your expectations are realized?
Me: Yes I do feel happy. But since you have opened the can of worms, let me toss one your way… Do you feel sad when some expectation goes awry?
I: Yes of course… I’ll use your words. After all it is natural to be sad.
Me: Glad we established that. Since you get sad, does it mean you will never be happy?
I: No that does not mean so.
Me: So does it mean that since you get sad, you are afraid to be happy.
I: You are being ridiculous! Stop trying to soak up the ocean using a small sponge. I am not afraid of being happy. In fact like everyone I like to be happy.
Me: Gotcha! Just scroll up and see what you had said earlier – you feel happy when your expectations are realized.
I: Stop trying to whirl me around. I never said I like to expect, I just said I like to be happy.
Me: Oh! You are just being glum. Why are you afraid of expecting, just because you think it would not be realized! You cannot stop being happy because you are afraid of being sad.
The debate is still going on.
To expect or not?