Hope and expectation, they always seem to be the same thing, but they are not.
Perhaps I should first distinguish between expectations and hope.
When I use the word expectation I am referring to a belief that a particular event or action will occur.
When we hope something happens, we are acknowledging that there is little likelihood of it occurring, for example, I hope to win the lottery. We would like it to happen, but we do not expect it.
When we expect something to happen, we feel disappointed when it does not, for example, I expected to get the promotion and it was given to someone else.
With expectations we anticipate that the event will in fact occur.
When we hope something happens, we rarely feel terribly disappointed when it does not occur.
Hope is fuel, it moves us forward and it amplifies our best work.
We hope something will happen.
We expect something will happen.
We have expectation of how it will happen.
We make it ever more concrete as we get ever more hopeful.
Here is the thing, without hope, you are not going to accomplish anything.
It is hope that get’s us out of bed in the morning.
It is hope that helps us solve a difficult problem.
It is hope that drives every creator to create anything.
I hope this will change someone.
I hope this will make a difference.
We are optimists about the possibility that something might happen.
But expectation is the killer of joy, the shortest route to disappointment.
When we expect that something will happen, we cannot help but be let down when it does not happen.
As expectations rise, we make it more and more likely we will be disappointed.
What we must do as creators is to hope, and to hope in abundance.
Hope over hope over hope, to keep ourselves going.
We have to renunciate expectations, we have to lower or destroy expectations.
We have to be able to say: This might not work.
What I’m hoping you will do, having thought about this and working on it, is to be able to say: “Here I made this.”
“Here I made this, I hope it changes you.”
“Here I made this, I hope it was worth making.”
“Here I made this, I would like to be able to make something else for you again.”
When we say “Here I made this,” we must also be able to give the person we made it for the freedom to say “thanks, but no thanks, this is not for me.”
We must forgive them and say “you are right, it is not for you, and that is okay.”
In fact the entire market may say: “it is not for me.” Then we have to go and make something else.
We are better off hoping without expectations.
“Here I made this, it might work, it might not work. I hope it will change you.”
These are the mantras of someone who wants to make change in the world.
It is not something that we do once, it is not something we do when we have to.
It is something we get to do, it is a privilege, it is something we do over and over again.
It is something we are never done with.