A few words on disappointment

When we express the pain of disappointment, we are often reminded that other people are worse off than us.

But when you’re sinking in quicksand, it’s hard to think of anyone else. Even those who have already gone under.

It’s also unfair to compare your pain to any one else’s.

While we can (and should) empathize with others, we can only ever experience life from our own perspective. So it’s important to know you have the right to feel whatever it is you’re feeling.

That your pain is valid and necessary for healing.

Never be ashamed of feeling or expressing pain.

But it’s also important to remember that no matter how bad we feel right now, “this too shall pass”.

And so, it’s important not to take actions hastily.

Flailing about in the quicksand will only make you sink faster.

We must allow ourselves time to fully experience the disappointment; a bereavement period. Because we have to mourn the loss of what we desired in order to fully appreciate what we still have.

Then and only then can we move forward and take positive action; lay back, take a deep breath and float out of that quagmire.

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