noun (ˌ)an-ˌti-sə-ˈpā-shən

Definition of ANTICIPATION

1   a : a prior action that takes into account or forestalls a later action
     b : the act of looking forward; especially : pleasurable expectation

We all know the feeling of anticipation – when you are looking forward to something so much you can hardly stand it – good or bad; either one fits.  Most of the time, though, we associate anticipation with something good, and I love that feeling!  It’s the feeling when you have butterflies in your stomach, you can’t keep your  mind on track, and you find yourself smiling unexpectedly throughout the day.

I love having something to look forward to, something to be excited about, something to dream of.  The dynamic of it can change from day to day.  One day, I may just be looking forward to the day being over with so I can go to bed.  Another, I might be excited about getting ready to watch one of my daughters participate in one of their activities.  A big one for me is my college graduation – it’s not nearly close enough yet, but I get butterflies every time I think about it!

Usually people associate the type of anticipation I am talking about with big events.  I’m talking about the “can’t get it out of my mind, butterflies in my stomach” type of anticipation.  They eagerly await the arrival of a special vacation, a job promotion, or something similar.

I tend to be a nervous-stomach type person, and I never really liked the butterflies in the tummy feeling because it was too similar to my nervousness.  Now that I have come to identify that feeling with specific things, I love it!  I embrace it wholeheartedly because I know that only good will result from whatever happens.

Now, when I feel the familiar fluttering start, I just grin because I know only good things are on my horizon!