What to do with Disappointment 

All of us have disappointments in our life but we are seldom prepared for them nor handle them well. We can choose to never dream or take a risk and then we will remain in a bubble of  “safety” which may just smother us. We were created to venture out of our comfort zone and to go to places to which we have never been.  Our forefathers were explorers and adventurers who took chances and risks and never settled for good enough.

We have somehow lost that adventurous spirit as it is no longer necessary to hunt and gather or conquer new lands but there are some who still choose the road less travelled or to take the risk rather than to “play it safe”. What, however, do they do when they fail or fail to prosper. What does one do when ones plans to take off, leave one in the dirt on the side of the road.

When we venture out and things do not turn out as we have planned or our plans do not seem to prosper as quickly as we had hoped, we become disappointed and are faced with one of two choices. We can give up and return to the sickening “safety” of the mundane or we can brush ourselves off and keep at it. The Bible says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. ” We will all face disappointments in life but the key is to dust yourself off, regroup and go ahead again.

You are not alone. Many famous people have failed numerous times before reaching their goals of success. Disappointment can be overwhelming but “we have only failed when we have failed to try”. If you have suffered a disappointment, sit with the sadness but for just a bit. Do not allow yourself to wallow in self pity. Give yourself a time limit to grieve the loss or failure and then “get up and get back on the horse”. Disappointment is part of the human experience but it does not have to be the end of anything only a chance to tweak and try again. Let go of the sense of failure or loss and move forward. You will never regret trying again.

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