After attending a meeting where the topic was hope, I have been thinking a lot about the difference between hope and expectations.
It is a fine line, in fact, some dictionary definitions of these words reference each other in their definitions:
hope: A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.
expectation: an attitude of expectancy or hope; anticipation.
As a person in recovery, these definitions are a bit disturbing. I believe that hope is good and necessary, however look at the definition. We are taught that “expectations are future resentments” and “desire is the root of all suffering”. These words cannot possibly be used in a definition of hope, I need something more.
I try to think of hope as a general feeling that things will work out, without attachment to a specific desired outcome. Expectations are a bastardized version of hope that are tied to a specific desired outcome, often placed upon other people, places, or things. I can work with that.
What are your definitions?