Important thought: The gap between our experience and our expectation is our unhappiness.
Experience is what’s happening to us. Expectation is what we’d like to happen to us. How many people do you know who live in a state of almost constant disappointment over their life situation? They are simply comparing what they experience to what the expect, and leaving a huge gap between the two.
There is a freedom away from this type of mind if we want to find it. It takes a different mind set. It will help if we can see the pain this behavior creates.
Which can we control, experience or expectation? Movies and TV often imply that we can control the world, or should be able to. Science implies that control or prediction should be our greatest goal.
An awake person realizes that we can control, or at least deal with the expectation part of this better than the experience part of this. That realization is huge.