Usually, we don't undertake anything without having expectations about what it will be like, what it will do for us, what its value will be. Our expectations often get us where we need to be; but they also can seriously impede our ability to experience anything freshly because we insist on measuring it against those expectations. They create the most problems when we hold them rigidly and when they are unexamined or unconscious.

Myla Kabat-Zinn, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Expect Nothing by Clarice Bryan