Having expectations then, means that regardless of whatever is happening in the “now,” there is a desire for change within the mind of the person who holds the expectation.
So in setting up an expectation, one is mentally reshaping the future in an attempt to move into a more desirable state of being. Therefore, there is always the question as to whether in the act of creating an expectation, one has fully extracted all the joy the present moment has to offer.
When one is totally “content” in the present moment, how can there be a “yearning” for anything more, or different?
As a result of pondering this question, you will realize that the two ideas of “contentment” and “expectation,” both form an “inverse relationship,” where any increase in contentment results in a decrease of expectations, and the opposite is true as well.