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Do Not Count Your Chickens Until They Are Hatched

Expectations are the part of our all basic actions. We all expect fruits of our deeds. But it’s not fair on our part to count the chickens before the eggs are hatched. The saying ‘don't count your chickens until they're hatched’ comes from a little story called ‘The Milkmaid and Her Pail’ by Aesop around 570 B.C.

A farmer's daughter named Patty was daydreaming while waking along in the town with a pail of milk balanced over her head. She though that the milk in the pail would provide her with cream, from which she would make butter and would sell in the market to buy a dozen eggs in exchange. These eggs would hatch into chickens and lay more eggs, by which again she shall have a large poultry yard. She further dreamt of selling some of the fowls and buying herself a handsome new gown to visit the fair. Where the young fellows would try to make love to her, she would toss her head and pass them by.

In the flow of daydreaming moment, Patty tossed her head and lost the pailful of milk. Her mother admonished on information, "Do not count your chickens before they are hatched."

This means that we should not count on something happening until we are sure of it. We can hope for certain things to happen in future but should never be overconfident of its assurity, as the thing might not happen.

Here we can recall the Bhagwatgita, ‘perform your deeds but not expect the fruit’. Expectations dissapoint us when it is not fulfilled. Therefore, we all should focus on performing our duties without any expectations to overcome insecurity and dissatisfaction.

Consistent efforts towards the ultimate goal, automatically derives the fruits while excessive and unreal expectations always disappoint us.