We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
You’re disappointed, again. You failed your exam, your favorite sports team lost, you dropped your iPad, your heel broke. Let’s face it, your expectations were unfulfilled and the feeling of dissatisfaction that follows begins to manifest. You’re angry, sad, hurt and fearful. You don’t take disappointments well. You just don’t know how to deal with it and want to give in. But don’t let disappointments take a toll on you. As the great poet and lecturer Dr. Maya Angelou says, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.” So just how do you overcome disappointments? Know that disappointment is temporal and hope is eternal.
- Disappointment is temporal. It is what it is. It happened. But know that every disappointment, however real it may be to you, is temporary and can always be overcome in time, along with the hurt, the fear, and the pain that accompanies it. Only your thought about it is permanent. So change your mind about what has disappointed you and you will change your life.
- Hope is eternal. There is always hope. Hope erases doubts, clears your vision and makes you far sighted. Hope promotes the belief in a good outcome of events in your life and that things will turn out for the best. Hope always returns, continually.
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning is from a quote offering hope.
No disappointment is permanent and hope can sometimes persuade you to haste across the finish line even when you are tempted to give up. When there is hope there is life, for hope is the oxygen that fuels the spirit. Hope infuses courage and provides you the momentum to keep moving forward. However, no one or nothing is perfect and remember we would never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world. So remember this, there’s no need for disappointment, even in the midst of it…. it is what it is.