I read something this morning, let me remember and paraphrase it for you; Why is it that we do not get disappointed or angry when a cup of coffee does brew itself and what entitles us to become annoyed or angry at other people when they fail to meet our expectations? I paused to regurgitate what this infers.
You probably must have heard that expectations are the cause of so many disappointments and heartache. I expect you to do something and if you do not live up to my expectation, I am hurt and disappointed, then I breed resentment towards you. I pray that spirit die in your life from now onwards :(! But really, can we live without expectations? Looking at the scriptures, we ought to look upon the heavens where our hope come from. The psalmist writes, For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him.
The meaning of expectation varies and depend on your usage, it can be positive or negative. When you expect everything to be handed to you on a silver platter and that you do not have to do the work, you are wrong. On the other hand, when you put your hope and faith in God, you can expect he will be with you, even during the trying times and even during our good moments.
On human to human relationships, any unspoken expectations are almost definitely going to be unfulfilled. Sharing your expectations with the other person improves the chances that your expectation will be met. Personally, I have learnt that, people will not necessarily know what I want or need but, if I can communicate clearly my expectations, I raise the chances that my need or want will be met.
Let me finish here by saying, simply or merely expecting something to happen will not make it happen. It will require more than that.