I’ve been having some intriguing conversations lately about the difference between hopes and expectations. Last year I wrote about the difference between unmet hopes and unmet expectations. These recent conversations had a different focus though.
One of the people I was talking with said expectations are always bad, while hope is always good.
I don’t agree. I do agree that when I’m too invested in the end result of what I’m hoping for or expecting ~ I’m often disappointed. Disappointment can feel bad. I don’t think it’s bad, though.
Another person told me that hopes are spiritual and expectations are worldly. Can’t completely agree with that either. Many of my hopes feel very, um, worldly.
Even after all of the conversations and research, I can’t quite put my finger on the difference. I know they FEEL different though. Physically, when I hope, my hands are open. When I expect, my hands are clenched (and there’s often the stomping of a foot involved).
What’s the difference between hope and expect to you?