hope vs. expectation

“Living without expectations is hard but, when you can do it, good. Living without hope is harder, and that is bad. You have got to have hope, and you mustn’t shirk it. Love, after all, ‘hopeth all things.’ But maybe you must learn, and it is hard learning, not to hope out loud, especially for other people. You must not let your hope turn into expectation.”

– Wendell Berry, Hannah Coulter


What are your expectations? What are your hopes? Which ones can you let go of, and which ones are persistent? Where are the persistent ones leading you?

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One response to “hope vs. expectation

  1. I think it is better to have hope than to be let down by unrealistic expectations.

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