Expectation brings unhappiness

August 23rd, 2007 by Jashodhara Purkayastha

Once a eleven year old boy asked his mother, “If I work hard will I succeed?”. Mother said, “Definitely! Hard work always pays”.

The boy started working hard in his studies and expected something good from it. This way the school exams started. He wrote the papers well and was very happy. After all the papers he asked his mother, “Am I going to do well in the exams?” His mother replied, “if you have worked really hard, it will pay”. Hearing this the boy became very happy.

Within a week his papers were shown. In the class he did not utter a word. He came home from school to his mother and started sobbing.

His mother asked him, “What has happened my child”?  He could not answer anything. After sometime he stopped crying and said, “You always lie. You are not telling the truth. hard work never pays”. Mother immediately understood what the child wanted to tell. She said, “Child, you did not understand what i said to you, you should work hard without expecting the result. When you expect something first and then work, you always become unhappy”.

Expectation bring unhappiness. So always remember work is worship. Whatever work you are suppose to do, you do it wholeheartedly, you need not worry about the result. It will automatically happen. So the child hugs his mother and says, “My mother is the best in the world”!

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  1. Mahua Chakrabarti Says:

    Very well written story. All our time we are wasting by worrying about the results of our hard work in terms of appreciation , money . goodwill and what not.
    This time can be well utilised for some friutful work which can benefit the society and our surroundings.

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