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Life is full of disappointments – we learn that from an early age. We endure broken promises, Santa “forgets” to bring that extra special item, we don’t make the team, and our hard work doesn’t always pay off.


Even when we brace ourselves for a let down, knowing in our hearts that it’s going to happen, we are still left, well, disappointed. Disappointment is gut twisting and leaves a sour taste in your mouth. Your hearts feels like a brick in your chest, your shoulders sag and a black cloud dogs your every step. Disappointment’s two best friends, dejection and disillusionment, hover close by.


So, when disappointed, should we crawl under the covers and hide? Should we give up and stop “wasting” our time. NO! Spit in the face of disappointment. They can’t keep you down.


Here are some things I do when bitterly disappointed and in a funk:

-                      Cry. I always feel better after a good cry, despite the puffy eyes and blotchy face.

-                      Get Angry. I moon (not literally) disappointment.

-                      Eat. Comfort and happiness can always be found with chocolate. I’ll be thin next year.

-                      Laugh. That’s what good friends are for. They cheer and boost you up.

-                      Write. As a writer, I probably should list this first, but I find I need to steep a little in my disappointment before I can write about it. Mull it over and when I feel myself getting black and scary, I write about it and hello, here comes a rainbow!

-                      Run. Disappointment can’t catch me!

-                      Rationalize and plan. What have I learned from this experience and how can I use what I have learned?


Gosh! I’m feeling better already. How do you cope with disappointment?


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Jul. 26th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
Or digest it, and then flush it away?
Jul. 26th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
"Disappointment’s two best friends, dejection and disillusionment, hover close by." Ain't that the truth?

I am sorry about your disappointment. But your post is helpful to me and to others who've been disappointed as well. (And now, I'm picturing Kevin Kline as Otto in A Fish Called Wanda, bellowing "Disappointed!")

Aug. 2nd, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
I'm picturing Kevin Klein with chips (fries)up his nose. What goes with chips? Fish!
Aug. 3rd, 2008 02:15 am (UTC)
But, but . . . it was Kevin Klein who put the chips up Michael Palin's nose. Silly goose.
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