2018: What Should I Expect When I’m Expecting…

Jena C. Henry is a writer, blogger, book reviewer, and bon vivant. Her goal is to make friends with everyone in the world. Jena enjoys reading new books and encouraging writers to be their best. Jena C. Henry holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Akron and practiced law and raised her family in tropical Ohio. Now retired, she writes novels, conducts writing workshops and enjoys good times with friends and family. Her fiction series, The Golden Age of Charli, spotlights the love and laughter of family life and retirement.

Great Expectations or Great Expectany?

I’ve been reviewing my goals and accomplishments of 2017 in my previous January posts; for this post I looked back through my year in photos and selected a favorite from each month.  Aren’t digital photos fun? When I was growing up, our photos for the year were: family birthdays, kids in Easter clothes and Halloween costumes, and our clan at Thanksgiving with the turkey and again at Christmas with the tree. Now, we have plenty of photos of the mundane and the marvelous!

2017 is over and as I’ve told you, my resolution had been to be open to anything that came to me. Many opportunities did come to me this past year, as well as aa meaningful book. Breath of Life by Karen Ferguson and her 21 days to living God’s promises gave me plenty to ponder. My favorite chapter focused on Optimism. 

One key to an emotionally healthy life is living with a sense of enthusiasm and optimism- Karen Ferguson

(or as Charli and I like to say, Stay Golden). God has a plan for us, but our need for strict expectations and agendas can get in the way. We can become disappointed with God when things don’t go exactly as planned.

And here was the key for me:

There is a difference between expectations and expectancy.

Think of expectations as a rigid box or list of how things should be. Now think of expectancy as a sense of hope, carried loosely with open hands and an open heart. All these good thoughts and quotes are by Karen Ferguson in Breath of Life.

Wow! Isn’t that what my resolution did for me in 2017? After years of stating my goals in my way: lose weight, run 1 10-k, remodel the house, this past