Acceptance and Expectance-effect on human lifeAs social beings, we all like to belong and accepted by others, at least in a limited circle. So there is an expectance to be accepted. There is some kind of expectation in most of our day to day dealings and transaction throughout our life. When we receive less than expectation, we generally feel desperate or unhappy. Main reason for many of our miseries is this gap between expectance and performance or actual happening.
However if we do not keep any expectation and accept what is offered to us then it is Acceptance. Here it is a status of being just satisfied with what is being offered or received.
That is, when we say expectance, there is always a chance of disappointment or desperation. However when we mention acceptance it denotes a contentment and satisfaction.
In other words acceptance is of consent, agreement, willingness ,ability of tolerating, feeling of adequacy etc. Expectance is a 'condition of looking forward to something'. There is an eagerness, anxiety, 'belief that something will happen'
This difference is very evident and relevance now because earlier centuries, humans had a real good sense of acceptance of nature and the miseries were less and contentment was more. Now there is more expectance and less acceptance. This leads to physical, environment and psychological strain which takes a heavy toll of humans.
That is why Ancient Indian Gurus and Acharyas were insisting on acceptance and not harboring expectations.
(This is an entry for TOW Contest)