Expectations

We all have expectations.

Some expectations we have for ourselves. For example, it’s been much easier for me to write and keep up with three blogs now that I have set up a posting schedule.

Some expectations we have for others. I kind of like it that my family knows that there is an expectation that we will play some games at least once or twice a week. They don’t seem to mind.

Some expectations we have for our endeavors, like this blog, for example. I expect that this blog will continue to be based upon a simple idea: Playing board games can make you a happier person. I don’t have any expectations of how long I will continue to write this blog. I will write it as long as it suits me and I enjoy doing it. I’m toying with the idea of incorporating an occasional podcast as well. I expect that some people will enjoy listening. I expect that some folks may not.

What I think is essential here is this: Our expectations affect our experiences. If I sit down and play a game a game with Dave Arnott, for example, I expect three things: First, I will most likely lose. Second, I will learn a great deal about how to play the game better next time. Finally, I expect that I will have a great time. Having these expectations enhances my experience because I mentally put myself in sort of a start position for both learning and having fun.

I don’t want to ramble, so I’ll return to this another day, but wouldn’t it be great to be able to say to yourself in the morning, “I expect to have a great day”?

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