9 comments on “Disappointment

  1. Wow, can I relate this entire past year. My coping has come from something a friend shared:

    God (feel free to replace with whatever you believe), grant me the serenity
    To accept the things I cannot change;
    Courage to change the things I can;
    And wisdom to know the difference.

    It sounds super cheesy and it’s tough to follow all the time, but it has really helped me through one of the hardest years of my life.

    It’s an AA prayer actually, I haven’t needed to use it for addiction, but it has worked well with the disappointments – both in myself and others – a great deal.

    • I’m familiar with this. Sometimes, I replace the “know the difference” with the “ability to hide all the bodies.” probably not the most productive thing, but it gets me though, sometimes. 🙂

  2. I’m very familiar with disappointment. When you love and respect people, it’s incredibly hard to watch them make decisions that you believe will hurt them or be counterproductive for them. So, in a way, disappointment is a good emotion. It’s an indicator that you’re still emotionally plugged in to the people around you. But it sure doesn’t feel good. The only thing you can really do is forgive and move on. This is easier said than done…. It just requires time and willingness.

    As for disappointment with yourself, just remember that you’re often way harder on yourself than you should be. Forgive yourself, learn from your mistakes, and become a better person because of it.

  3. Maybe we can try to not focus on a negative emotion such as disappointment or let it change the way we look at things. We can throw away today regretting yesterday or worrying about tomorrow. We can decide to be happy, sad, angry or disappointed. It is hard to do but sometimes you must force or trick yourself into being happy.

    The trying times filled with negative emotions or feelings can wear you down if you let them. Try to always find the silver lining in every gray cloud. Stop and smell the roses. Enjoy the moments of happiness there are in life and cherish them.

    All easier said than done, especially for a pessimist like myself.

    • Isn’t that the truth. It is hard to sort some of the pieces out and look at things objectively. When multiple things pile up at the same time, I think we end up losing sight of the good parts of what we’re doing…

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