Is it wise to anticipate?
Anticipate what? Danger? A warm welcome? The weather? My future needs?
The steadfast Girl Guide rule "Be Prepared" suggests anticipation is beneficial.
I anticipate, I am prepared. Anticipation = preparation = I'll always have my umbrella when I need it, I'll always have milk because I'll buy more before we run out, and I'll have that "rainy day" money when I need it.
Yet from another point of view, consider the synonym for the word anticipate: expect.
Expecting ups the ante; it suggests desire. In that context, then, maybe anticipating is not helpful.
To expect anything usually results in disappointment. The energy of expectation clogs the drain of possibility.
But perhaps on the continuum of conviction, anticipating is a little less intense. It's something one is "hoping" for and perhaps one is not as invested in the outcome as when one is expecting something.
Either way, anticipating ties us to the future and takes us away from the present.
Am I better off being in the moment than being prepared? Are both possible?