This Christmas a friend of mine sent me a Christmas letter that shared a reflection on the difference between Expectations and Expectancy. We often expect people to behave in certain way and then are disapointed, angry, or frustrated when they do not. On the other hand when we have an attitude of expectancy, we are open to different possibilites of how people will react, but understand that others don't necessarily share our same values or worldview, and are accepting of the fact that we don't have control over their reaction. This frees us up to enjoy being in the moment, and allows us to accept situations and people as they are. I think living with expectancy instead of expectations, is a healthy attitude that can help us year-round.
Advocate of natural, healthy and sustainable living. I am a teacher by trade, who is currently staying home to raise my daughters. We are a culturally mixed, bilingual family. We speak Spanish at home, and English when we are out and about.