Is expectation the root of almost all heartache? Most definitely. To expect, to try to force, to try to manipulate, is not the way one travels in following the path of the Dao. Letting all things come to you, realizing all things as they are, and maintaining the Way is the way to oneness with the universe. Expectation is a fault we all as humans are born with. Learning to manage and minimize them is essential to inner peace.