Dealing with disappointment 

I’ve put off writing this post until I felt the situation and calmed down a little and that I could approach this topic from a more level headed perspective, so here goes. In response to recent events I can’t help but feel disappointed. Just a quick back story I live in Canada but have family in the states, we are all a family of immigrants who have worked our way through the system to get to the point that we are at today. So like many I was blind-sided by last weeks election results, how could this happen in a land that encourages freedom of self-expression and freedom of speech how can a person that wants to take these things away become the leader of this nation? I don’t have any answers to this and the events of this past week shows that there may be more to this story than meets the eye, but how do we deal with that sinking feeling if disappointment? Now it doesn’t have to be disappointment for political reasons, I’m no stranger to disappointment in my personal life, but how does one move forward from things you can’t control? Heres a few tidbits I found.

First one is to manage your emotions. Nothing will get better if you let your anger out on the world, and its definitely not good for you personally. It’s one of the main reasons I chose to wait a week before posting this. The reality is when we act out of emotion we may end up doing something we regret and unfortunately at that point it’s too late to take it back.

Second, don’t take it personally. Stuff happens for all kind of reasons, it doesn’t make you any less of a person than you were before. Try your best to brush it off and move on.

Third, look at the big picture, or from a differing perspective. People have reasons for doing things, even if its something you don’t agree with. These reasons aren’t necessarily bad, they are just different. Explore them, look into them you never know what it may teach you.

Lastly, try again or take another track. This can’t really be applied in the scenario, but the reality is sometimes we need to wait and see, this could all turn out a lot more differently then we expect. Until then all we can do is stay positive and hope for the best

As Martin Luther King Junior once said, ‘We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope’.

Heres hoping,

-M

 

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