Thursday, April 24, 2014

Having expectations is the trait of a valiant

manuscript in accra
This is an excerpt from the book 'Manuscript in Accra', by Paulo Coelho. People are asking questions here, answers to which is being explained by the Copt (a learned character in the book). A merchant asks him, ‘Describe the defeated ones’, and the Copt replies. The snippet in the image is a part of that answer. I loved this part because it essentially focuses on having expectations. Yes, like all other traits of a valiant, having expectations is also one of them. It might make us disappointed when something does not come as expected. But to stop expecting in the next go is like letting go off the spark from our lives. Having expectations is like carrying the spark, the purpose within ourselves. And I believe it defines characteristics of a human. Why are we so determined to turn inhuman? Why are we so determined to let go off all the expectations? Just because we don’t wish to get hurt?

Getting hurt, nursing ourselves, and getting back into the battle should be the spirit of our lives. When expectations break it is a defeat. But it can also be a failure by our choice. Failure does not allow us to expect again. We should know that defeat is a part of our lives. Only the defeated know love. Only the defeated ones will know the honor of losing and the joy of winning.
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  1. Hi Anshul,

    Your deep thoughts and relevant ideas always amaze and never fails to convince me. After reading this, my mind has been completely changed. I was a believer of ' No expectations'. Reason is the same, I got hurt so many times so, in order to rescue myself from it the same idea cling to my mind.
    I never thought of the other end that with no expectations I am missing those glitters and a genuine tendency.
    '' Only the defeated ones will know the honor of losing and the joy of winning.''
    love this line...very inspiring!

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