Accepting Disappointment

Disappointment is described in the following way.

Disappointment is the feeling of dissatisfaction that follows the failure of expectations or hopes to manifest. Similar to regret, it differs in that a person feeling regret focuses primarily on the personal choices that contributed to a poor outcome, while a person feeling disappointment focuses on the outcome itself. It is a source of psychological stress. …disappointment is one of two primary emotions involved in decision-making.

Disappointment is defined as the state or feeling of being disappointed.

I think we’ve all been disappointed and know what it feels like.  But, in the event that you, dear reader, have not and are unaware of what it is to be disappointed or experience disappointment (or, to cause disappointment in another), here’s the definition of disappoint.

To disappoint is to fail to fulfill the expectations of – to defeat the fulfillment of (hopes, plans, etc)

If you were to Google “coping with disappointment” you would reap a tremendous harvest of self-help advice – some good, some not so good.

What’s my advice for dealing with disappointment?

  • Acknowledge it for what it is.
  • Gain wisdom from the experience.
  • Let it go.
  • Move on.
  • Live in the light of the wisdom gained.
  • Keep expectations real and hold disappointment loosely.
  • Eagerly release either for the betterment of self or others.

Disappointment is a fact of life. So are expectations.

When was the last time you were disappointed, or caused disappointment in another?

Were you able to navigate safely through it without frustration…anger…depression…?

What do you do when disappointment comes your way?


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