Love Notes: “Expectation in the Holiday Season”

What does it mean to be a people of expectation? That is what we’ll explore together this month. The definition of expectation is: a belief that something will happen or is likely to happen; a feeling or belief about how successful, good, etc., someone or something will be. Synonyms are: anticipation, assumption, hope, probability, belief (from Merriam Webster).

This is a tricky subject for me, honestly. If I focus too much on my hopes for the future, I slip out of the present moment and forget to enjoy life as it is. If I set my expectations too high, I might get disappointed. For instance, I just started taking a contemplative art class. Art has never come naturally to me. If my expectations are to create displayable art, I will likely be disappointed. So instead, I’m hoping that this class will help me open my eyes to color and texture and creativity. That feels realistic! Setting my expectations too low becomes a problem, too. If I don’t have hope for a better world, or if I don’t believe that we can make a difference, then I give up. Expectations urge me on to create more love and justice. So this month, we will explore how expectations can be a hindrance, and how they can be a tool for positive change.

 December is also a perfect time for rituals of expectation, especially those of old that remind us to expect light following the dark. Consider recruiting your family or circle of friends to engage one of the winter rituals of expectation. Here are a few links to help you decide which might be right for you:

I can’t wait to celebrate this season with you all. You are a gift to me.

Rev. Kelly