If there is one thing for sure in this life, it is that we do not always get our way. How do you deal with disappointment? Do you sulk? Do you whine? Do you complain?
Me? I used to do all of that too, but after a lot of interpersonal work, I say, “Oh well. It happens.” I learned that disappointment is just a part of life that we have to deal with. To live a successful life, it is imperative to adapt to disappointment.
I suggest that you avoid getting really angry. I encourage you instead to remember that it is OK not to get what you want if you allow it to become an opportunity to grow and to expand your conscious awareness. What I mean by that when we are disappointed, we are given a chance to realize what is really important in life.
Here is what I consider to be the really important things in life:
- That you have enough healthy food to eat.
- That you have shelter.
- That you have loved ones to be grateful for.
- That you are happy with yourself and with your life.
Beyond that, everything else is just gravy, and we can still eat our meal without gravy. Be grateful for your blessings, as that gratitude will make room in your life for more things to be grateful for.
Not getting your way could be the most important thing to happen to you, because perhaps that situation was not right for you. When I look back at things that were once considered disappointing in my life, I realize the subsequent events that would not have occurred if I had gotten what I wanted initially.
Every moment in your life is an opportunity to be happy no matter the circumstances. That is the true path of the yogi. Being grateful for your blessings no matter what will allow you to feel happiness more often than sorrow.
Happiness is a choice. What will you choose today?
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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