Hopes And Expectations!


Just wondering..

While on the one hand you are striving towards it, and on the other there is only faith and a vain belief.

What exactly happens?

Does that belief turn into the expectations that we are taught not to have?

Or the hope itself is a reflection on the said expectations which we are not suppose to have?

Or, is there a fine line between hope and expectations which I am blinded not to see?

Or they are just two words trying to play with my mind?

Any thoughts?


Published by Moushmi Radhanpara

A bilingual writer, Moushmi Radhanpara has authored three poetry collections so far, namely POSIES and 03:21 AM –An Ode to Rust & Restlessness, and Resignation of an Angel. She is also scribbling an unplanned rough draft of a story as a part of NANOWRIMO 2020 and hopes that something might come out of it. She has also co-authored two books, The Lockdown Stories and Mirage so far. Her poetries can be found on her blog https://aestheticmiradh.com/ and a few other online portals. She believes in the fact that a better reader makes a better writer. Reading a 100 books a year is her latest obsession. She can be found either drunk on coffee or hiding away from everything and admiring the gorgeous sun.

40 thoughts on “Hopes And Expectations!

  1. I remember writing on a similar topic in the year 2015, and reposting it in 2017: https://boringbug.com/2017/10/22/lessons-on-the-dilemma-of-expectations/

    Albeit it was a naive post, however, there was still an intriguing thought attached to it. “Expectation in general stands for a belief of happening or awaiting of something inter alia a belief of something that is bound to happen in future.” It may not necessarily be positive.

    Whereas, a hope stands for a belief which you aren’t expecting but rather want it to happen. It is always denoted as positive. A desire per se.

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  2. Hope has a positive vibe in it.. it’s powerful.. it inspires, it stays all along, it takes us ahead.. whereas expectations are momentary.. we’re broken if we don’t meet our expectations.. as I feel, as per my way of thinking. 😊
    Thank you for this great post..!! 😇👌🏼💕

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  3. A thought provoking question Moushmi…….Hoping is surrendering and taking a leap of faith …. expectations are demands wrapped in ego ………hope nudges us to move ahead to achieve unachievable while expectations only cause hindrance and grief ……….. You can find hope even in failures while expectations lead to disappointments mostly…….. I would say they are two different things for me

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  4. To me hope is a wish. It would be nice to have. Expectations, though, are entitlements. I expect to have dinner tonight. I think much of our personal distress comes when our ideas of what we are entitled to are beyond what we really are. If I feel entitled to, and thus expect, a million dollar job, I’m going to be endlessly disappointed when I go for job interviews. On the other hand, I still hope that happens.

    So I guess that also highlights another piece of the puzzle. If I get something that is my expectation I feel nothing special. I had breakfast about 20 minutes ago and I have already forgotten about it. It was nothing special. I expected it all along. But if someone gives me that million dollar job, getting something I hope for, I will feel happy and excited. The more remote the chance of getting what is hoped for the happier I will be.

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  5. “Hope is the thing with feathers
    That perches in the soul
    And sings the tune without the words
    And never stops at all.”
    ― Emily Dickinson

    A thought provoking question indeed! For me – it is all about manifesting your deeds and good karma to change hope into belief!

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  6. I am not a philosopher by any measure but here is my take – when you nurture hope, you become a believer and as a believer, you sparkle positivity, with positiveness we take actions – and probably those actions helps us meet our expectations

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  7. i agree with how “the boring bug” explains the two.
    a person should have both depending on the situation.
    to be “taught” not to have either would only be a way to control someone.

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  8. Clearly hope reflects positivity. When you have hope, you have positivity, maybe not too much but at least a little. You long for that “something” to happen. And expectations on the other hand is believing that that “something” might happen. And when it doesn’t, you feel disappointed.
    When you hope for something, it doesn’t hurt as much because you never knew if it would ever happen, unlike expecting.
    Hope and expectations are two totally different words. It depends on how we think about each.

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  9. I believe there a fine line between hope and expectations! Hope is a positive vibe which allows us to grow and keep moving forward; however, expectations are demanding and rigid exactly what we want to happen regardless of what is actually happening! Great post!!

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  10. Hope comes after we have done what all we can and all our efforts are done and now we look forward to them to bear fruits and though not visible, all those efforts act like an invisible force to help achieve that desired outcome. Expectation is more like being selfish and not doing anything but still expecting things to work out for us..but they lack that invisible force which hope has! Expectation is the evil twin of hope!
    But a great post!!

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