How to Dump Disappointment

One of the most difficult things to contend with in life is disappointment. It’s the reason why we hold back our emotions, why we’re consistently indecisive and why we’re afraid of taking big risks.

BY: Brandi-Ann Uyemura

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One of the most difficult things to contend with in life is disappointment. It’s the reason why we hold back our emotions, why we’re consistently indecisive and why we’re afraid of taking big risks.

Once upon a time, a very long time ago, there was a little child who had BIG dreams and saw the world as a limitless well of opportunity. That is, until one day someone stole his/her hope away. Not only that but they took it and like a delicate flower, crushed it carelessly in their hand. The hurt and pain of witnessing such brutality and cruelty were so painful that the child never recovered and vowed that he/she would never ever let them him or herself dream again.

It goes something like this…

Although the story may be subtly different in your case, you may recognize a little piece of yourself in it. For me as a child, it was the heartbreak of learning about Santa Claus. As I grew older, it became the job I didn’t get, the relationship I thought would go somewhere, the realization that I had less control of things than I thought I did.

With every great hardship, comes deep disappointment. But how we respond to it, how we perceive it, determines our strength, our courage and ultimately the way we live our lives.

A friend once told me that growing older meant watching one dream die after another. It was a depressing statement. One that I decided to dump along with disappointment.

Dealing with Disappointment

Whenever I fall into the trap of disappointment, I remind myself that expectation is an illusion. We can only be disappointed if we had a grand perfectly planned outcome in our minds to begin with. Instead of resisting life’s mysteries as an attack on our dreams, why can’t we take ourselves out of the equation and be open to the idea that God has a better, bigger plan for us?

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