1 : to give advance thought, discussion, or treatment to
2 : to meet (an obligation) before a due date
3 : to foresee and deal with in advance : forestall
4 : to use or expend in advance of actual possession
5 : to act before (another) often so as to check or counter
6 : to look forward to as certain : expect



Anticipate (v.): 1530s, “ to cause to happen sooner,” from Latin anticiparetake (care of) ahead of time,” literally “taking into possession beforehand,” from antebefore” + capereto take” (related to capable).

Later “to be aware of (something) coming at a future time” is from the 1640s. Used in the sense of “expect, look forward to” since 1749, but anticipate has an element of “prepare for, forestall” that should prevent it’s being used as a synonym for expect.



“..that sanguine expectation of happiness which is happiness itself”

Jane Austen (1775-1817, a world renowned English author best known for her social commentary in novels like Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma. Austen completed six novels that turned into a plethora of motion pictures, television shows and modern adaptations.)

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“... We need the sweet pain of anticipation to tell us we are really alive.”

Albert Camus (1913-1960, non-metropolitan French philosopher, author, journalist, and recipient of The Nobel Prize in Literature in 1957)

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“And I will never again underestimate the power of anticipation. There is no better boost in the present than an invitation into the future.”

Caroline Kepnes (author, writer, and screenwriter for television)

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“Some part of me can't wait to see what life's going to come up with next! Anticipation without the usual anxiety. And underneath it all is the feeling that we both belong here, just as we are, right now.”

Alexander Shulgin (1925-2014, born Alexander Theodore “Sasha” Shulgin, American medicinal chemist, biochemist, pharmacologist, psychopharmacologist, and author; best known for designing and synthesizing psychedelic drugs)

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“Never forget that anticipation is an important part of life. Work's important, family's important, but without excitement, you have nothing. You're cheating yourself if you refuse to enjoy what's coming.”

Nicholas Sparks (b. 1965, author, writer, and storyteller, who has sold over 100 million copies of his books; best known for writing The Notebook)

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“Anticipating pain was like enduring it twice. Why not anticipate pleasure instead?”

Robin Hobb (b. 1952, Robin Hobb is a pseudonym of Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden, fantasy novelist; best known for The Farseer Trilogy (Assassin’s Apprentice, Royal Assassin and Assassin’s Quest))

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“The days passed in a dream. I pictured our reunion again and again, played it out in my mind over and over until I’d almost worn a groove in my thoughts, so deep that it seemed the only thing I could think of was our reunion. Anticipation is a gift. Perhaps there is none greater. Anticipation is born of hope. Indeed it is hope’s finest expression. In hope’s loss, however, is the greatest despair.”

Steven L. Peck (professor of biomathematics at BYU, entomology and writer)

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“And I will never again underestimate the power of anticipation. There is no better boost in the present than an invitation into the future.”

— Caroline Kepnes

If we look forward to the future the way we prepare for a visit from a beloved, we will let go and enjoy the ride.

The excitement of new experiences will force us to stay present and relish each and every moment, while balancing exuberance with patience in the unfolding.

We will allow ourselves to listen to the music that reverberates and the nurtures the growth of our creative seedlings.

We are sometimes gifted with lightning strikes of spontaneous inspiration.  But, often times, we are forced to immerse ourselves in the mundane and careful carving out of etchings until our truth is known.

How can we anticipate our bright futures?

We must build momentum in our preparations and then exercise our spiritual muscles in hope, faith, and joy.

Stay alert and aware, my friends.  It’s going to be an exciting year of promise!

Miraculously Yours, Tonya




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