Well people, you all have heard the above two words but time and again, these get confused with each other.
Firstly let me enlighten you with the original definition of both the words.
According to Oxford Dictionary,
Expectation – refers to think something is likely to happen or in more interpersonal means; to think someone is likely to do or be something.
Emotion – refers to an instinctive rather a strong feeling as opposed to reasoning such as joy and anger.
Now that we have known clearly what these two words really mean, lets come to the point of confusion between these two.
To make you understand the confusion well, lets take a basic example.
Suppose you have lent some money to a friend. He said he will return back your money soon enough, but many days passed he does not intend to give back the money. Now you know he is ‘expected’ to return the money to you but he hasn’t. Also you can not ask him again and again, it would be embarrassing for him as you are a good friend. One day, your friend returns back the money and says “sorry for the delay”. But you are ‘upset and angry’ at him on the delay, so you rub him off and walk away. Period.
*Disclaimer: This is a very generalized scenario. Exceptions may be there.*
In the above story, the person attached his/her emotions to an expectation which led to lack of communication between the two and eventually ended up the relationship.
People generally do this practice. They do not keep expectations and emotions at different ends and tend to lose more social life. With an added techno-emoticons today, this mix up gets more complicated. You are already not talking to them in person, you are also blocking them on Facebook or Whatsapp, a regular reaction which is a very damaging behaviour with ripple effects in this time of century.
You might be thinking,”How I handle this confusion?” and since I am blabbering about it, let me tell you my mantra to get rid of some part of this confusion –
I don’t expect anything from anyone which leads to zero disappointment and total surprise of upcoming “Unexpected” acts.
And you would think again,” What about the emotions?”
Well, emotions get cleared up when there are no expectations in the equation. You just be positive and be stress free, much more clear in mind.
So, now to sum up my post, I’d like to say one last thing,
“Let the unexpected come and feel all the after – emotions as much as you can, because you are only a human being.”