One sure clue as to whether we're being motivated by aspiration or expectation is that aspiration is always satisfying; it may not be pleasant, but it is always satisfying. Expectation, on the other hand, is always unsatisfying, because it comes from our little minds, our egos. Starting way back in childhood, we live our lives looking for satisfaction outside ourselves. We look for some way to conceal the basic fear that something is missing form our lives. We go from one thing to another trying to fill up the hole we think is there.
Charloote Joko Beck, Everyday Zen
To do no evil; To cultivate good; To purify one's mind: This is the teaching of the Buddhas. --The Dhammapada
Four Noble Truths 1. Suffering exists
2. Suffering arises from attachment to desires
3. Suffering ceases when attachment to desire ceases
4. Freedom from suffering is possible by practicing the Eightfold Path