Sunday, December 28, 2008

Expectation vs. Expectancy

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.

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