The words expectation and hope are separated with a very fine line. Expectations are driven by mental logic and there are particular areas of our life where we should be filled with expectations. Examples: I expect that I should be paid each month for the work I do. Managers expect that their employees should work effectively and deliver in time. On the contrary, hope is something that is a wish, a dream sometimes you work for it sometimes you don’t—but you don’t expect to happen. That way there are fewer disappointments and more pleasant surprises.

In my latest follow-up through Dad’s personal battle, my sister reported good news yesterday. Weeks before, the doctors advised my father to try putting his left foot’s weight on the scale, for us to know how much pressure he can put forward.

Based on the doctors’ medical findings, the cells and tissues in his legs and feet are growing and rebuilding back to normal. But maybe Dad was afraid in clinging to the prospect that he’d be successful in his first attempt in seeing how heavily he can stand his foot on the ground. So this effort of going to the weighing scale had been delayed to almost a month, with his excuses every time.

We’re not sure how Mom forced him to but at last he tried to weigh and stand his foot on the scale. It read 60+ lbs. We’re happy to hear that; he’s regaining his strength and capability to stand and walk again.

It’s succinct to say, henceforth, that if we hope without expecting, things would stop hurting us and we’ll be smiling like always. We’d believe that every area of trouble gives out a ray of hope; and the one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable. When you put faith, hope and love together you can live positively in a negative world. So it’s a good thing to keep our hopes high and expectations low.

I am now reading a book entitled Be Positive: If It’s Not Your Blood Type Your Life Will Change by Rich Wood. The pages and story are relevant to what my dad has been experiencing. It’s a good read, a recommendable one.

In the first few chapters, Rich talks about how he overcame serious injuries and healed himself by concentrating on the affected body parts caused by his accidents. The book takes readers on a wonderful journey of discovery and self enlightenment, whereby we can reclaim our personal power and potential just by thinking that we really can change the world, starting with ourselves, through and with positivity. I’ll ask my sister later to buy this book for Dad. Maybe you want to get your own copy, too.

Love and light,
Roch

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34 Responses

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yup, expectation is not denoting any positive or negative notion, while hope is somewhat believing or desiring an outcome already. The latter allows us to think in a bigger scope than what we might normally be accustomed to.

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  1. joy

    I agree with you! It is sometimes better to hope than to expect so that when there is failure or disappoint, it wouldn’t hurt as much. Great to hear your dad is getting better 🙂 Let’s all hope he’d see the day when he can walk again with confidence 🙂

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  2. Pao Tolentino

    Glad to hear your dad is getting better. I think the word “hope” gives people more reasons not to give up. We can’t be 100% sure on everything. Sometimes, we can only reinforce it through positive thinking. 🙂

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  3. lily

    I’m glad that your dad is doing well. Continued support from family members would go a long way to help him get back on track.

    It’s true that expectation hurts. So, to hope sounds better. 🙂

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  4. papaleng

    Good to hear that your dad is on the road to recovery. Expectation deals with human desires while hope is letting god do His will.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      He always tells us to not expect that he can walk as normal like nothing happened. So I guess expectations can be good if they are not too much – the kind where a minimal result is good enough.

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  5. Gigi Beleno

    I hope that your dad will soon be fully alright. We may not expect that it will come sooner as we want it to be, but patience has become more of a virtue. Cheers!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      True. The less we embrace expectations closer, the more we keep our hopes around, and the easier it will be overall for us to navigate life’s vicissitudes.

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  6. Khakiness

    Hmmm, this made me evaluate myself. I’ve been acting cranky lately and it’s because of my high expectations on certain people. I was reflecting on your article and realized that I’ve been stressing so much about petty things. I guess I should learn not to demand my expectations. Or, not expect much at all.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yeah but you can still have hope. Hope implies a certain amount of perseverance like believing that a positive outcome is possible even when there is some evidence to the contrary.

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  7. Teresa Martinez

    “Hope for the best, and expect the worst”, so goes the popular quotation. It encourages us to hope while being accepting of the realities of our situation.

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  8. Yamito Uytingco Calamba

    They say there’s always a light at the end of every tunnel. But if you don’t see one, then use your own light to get by. 🙂 I’m happy that you’re all together as a family fighting and giving your dad that strength to get this through and that he’s getting a good recovery. May God always guide him and i wish him well.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Thanks, Yamito. I always believe in that saying that there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel but I’ve also heard someone say something incredible: Why not create the light yourself instead of waiting to reach the end? 🙂

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  9. maritel

    There is a saying, Blessed are those who expect nothing and they shall not be disappointed and then theres also, While there’s life there is hope. So yes, keep your hopes high and expectations low. God bless your Dad.

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  10. Sarah

    Your blog reminds me of my Tatay. I’m not expecting my father will recover from his diabetes and high blood pressure but for the sake of his family, hope he will fight to extend more his life and spend quality time with us.

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