"A strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future."
Will I catch dinner for my family tonight? My expectation, being the optimist that I am, is that I will certainly catch enough to feed the hungry mouths at home. My expectations are high, and not because of optimism alone. I have made preparations that may increase my chances of meeting this expectation of Red Fish, Flounder, Croaker, or Trout on plates this evening. I've got at least four lines that will be used simultaneously, at least four types of bait, knowledge of the tide table and fishing reports, and enough patience for many. I've never left the Causeway empty coolered.
What is it that you expect out of this life?? Have you simply placed your expectations out there, only to sit back and wait? OR, are you making certain preparations to increase those chances of living out that dream?? For the young folk, stay your butts in school, if you are dreaming of, one day, having high level jobs in Fortune 500 companies. Single folks, with an expectations of marriage, start NOW exhibiting the qualities of a worthy spouse. Women, if you can't cook, manage your home effectively, have no patience for your little cousins, nieces, and nephews, or rarely see home before midnight on the weekends, then you may be disappointed when reality meets your expectations. The same goes for men who can't tend their own lawns, change flat tires, and can't change the wax ring under the toilet. "Wax ring?? HUH??" Yes, these are simple things but thing that MATTER a LOT when looking for that lifelong relationship of marital bliss. No man or woman wants to have to "raise" another man or woman, in any sense. The worthy spouse will not search the clubs, gutters, and streets for their dream. They will be found in places where expected qualities are seen at work and in the flesh regularly; where the reality of these things exist.
Setting expectations without willingness to prepare or do something to increase those chances, will only lead to disappointment. The only thing I like to see on my evaluations at work is the statement, "Meets & Exceeds Expectation" in all categories that I am graded on. The only way I get to this point is DAILY work and preparation. To set an expectation without preparation is to show up to the Causeway, dangling a line with no hook, expecting fish to be caught.
There is a dream of my future that has recurred several times since my childhood. The last time I had this dream was in November of 2013. After having it, that time, I decided to do something totally different. I decided to follow it and prepare for it. Yes, it will take time but ONE DAY, I will live this dream. Had I not spent the last 19 years of my life doubting this dream and running from this dream, I might have been living it by now. BUT, what has happened has happened and I can't change any of the past. Yet, I can change my approach to the future. I'm in preparation for better days ahead, and I am HAPPY about it!!
Maybe I should title my blog, "Hollomon Rambles"!! LOL! Alls I'm sayin is, don't just cast out your expectations on "unbaited" hooks.
HAPPY SATURDAY AGAIN, AND I STILL LOVE ALL Y'ALL!!!
Bryan Hollomon Williams