Lower your expectation

Read somewhere that we should always lower our expectation. Most people will not agree with this but not me. Why is that? Let me explain this based on my experience…

I have put money into a bond which will make me entitled to monthly prize draw. At first I was so excited and always dreaming that I could get some of the prizes. Time flies and nothing happened. Then suddenly out of the blue I have won a small prize. I was so excited with it and feel so grateful to Allah. I praised Allah for this unexpected prize.

A few months later, I won the same prize but I can feel that my grateful feeling was not as strong as before. I started to hope and dream that I will get that grand prize.

And the third time I won it (same small prize), instead of being grateful to Allah, I was kind of disappointed that I did not win a much better prize.

So now you can see how important it is to always lower your expectation so that you will always be grateful on ALL gifts given by Allah.

I have made this mistake before and I hope that Allah will forgive me for this. Oh Allah, please make me be one of your grateful servants.