Looking at disappointment as a gift may be the best thing we can do when we face it. It’s inevitable, and we can only try put a positive spin on things.
Expectations can be the bane of our existence. Having unrealistic expectations sets us up for disappointment. When things don’t go our way, we may react negatively, either letting it out on others or on ourselves.
Either way, disappointment is something no one wants but it is something we always experience at some point or another.
But what if we try to look at disappointment from a different angle? Instead of immediately giving in to anger, frustration, sadness, or any other negative emotion, think about this:
What if disappointment was the universe’s way of waking us up to our reality?
Maybe this disappointment you’re feeling right now needs to be faced and heard. Analyzed. Dissected.
Take a seat and think about and feel it for a while. Take out your journal and write down your feelings and thoughts.
Go one step further and write down the reason for your disappointment. The entire situation, maybe its history, your expectations, and what actually happened. The process of writing through your emotions will shed new light on your situation, and hopefully help you see disappointment as a gift…maybe something better that you originally wanted
It may not be of much comfort while you’re in the middle of it all, but as you reflect, go back to past experiences wherein you were disappointed. Think about those times when things didn’t go your way, but you made it through, and you ultimately got a better deal.
Those memories are proof that you can look at disappointment as a gift and get you through these inevitable low moments.