Monday, November 9, 2009


I have been curious about the value of anticipation lately. It is something we have used for years in the playroom with David. We learned early in our autism treatment journey that we could grab David's attention for a few extra seconds if we built anticipation into the game. It was wonderful to see his beautiful brown eyes sparkle with sheer delight while he waited for the tickle monster to leap onto his belly and run behind his neck.

I now look at my words of "building anticipation into the game" and realize that this is impossible. David is the only one who can create anticipation in the game. It is his belief that something amazing will happen that results in his anticipating it. Our role is to believe that what we have to offer is worth anticiapting.

What I find most interesting is that anticipation is about the unknown. It is the excitement about what could be. The belief that whatever is coming will be wonderful, amazing, and most importantly, fun! So...... at what point in our lives did the unknown begin to inspire fear instead of anticipation?

I am fascinated by thinking about all the ways my life would be different if I greeted every moment of every day with anticipation. Always believing that something amazing will happen and that everything in life is worth anticipating. How would I change if I belived that everything I have to offer the world is worth anticipating? How would you?

Love to all,


  1. I created that belief last week - and I'm holding on to it - growing it better. And it has been a lot of fun!!!

  2. For me, that is akin to trusting, being fearless, valuing.....a choice of belief which supports an attitude, and a complementary emotional experience.

  3. Kathy, I really like what you wrote here. It's going to be fun deciding each morning what wonders I'm going to anticipate for that day.


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