One definition of anticipation includes phrases like: being enthusiastic, emotion involving pleasure or excitement.
George Eman Vaillant considered anticipation as one of “the mature ways of dealing with real stress… You reduce the stress of some difficult challenge by anticipating what it will be like and preparing for how you are going to deal with it”.
A significant stressor in my life currently is a denial of my asthma medication, Xolair. I receive it subcutaneously every 15 days. The hold-up? I’m sure it is the cost. Xolair costs between $15,000 – $30,000 annually without insurance. Ouch! I have already had two mild attacks, and know that I have weeks before I can receive the medicine ~ if it is approved. Despite that, I have hope. I anticipate its approval and being able to return to some activities I am temporarily putting aside. For now, I am enjoying the Olympics. . . and praying my lungs remain strong.
“We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.”