On Disappointment

Posted: June 27, 2013 in Life, parenting, relationships

Disappointment: 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.

Disappointment can be: getting that dreadful call from school that little Johnnie kicked Jimmy at recess.

Disappointment can be: Andrew Pinnock fumbling the ball on a pitch to the left that had him wide open at the 2 yard line for the game winner in 2002 against Georgia. (after you stood in the heat and driving rain for 4 hours)

Disappointment can be: Loving someone and not feeling it returned.

Disappointment can be: The cake that burns in the oven.

Disappointment can be: Ordering NO onions on your burger only to take a bite and CRUNCH, taste buds tarnished for the rest of the meal.

Disappointment can be: walks and costly errors that send your team home 1 run shy of the World Series.

Disappointment can be: Going to he ATM and and the machine telling you “You do not have enough funds to cover this withdrawal” (Screaming Frig You! is acceptable).

Disappointment can be: waiting for something in the mail and going to the box each day only to find junk mail and/or bills.

Disappointment can be: getting a haircut then getting out of the chair and thinking “HO – LY shit, What have I done?”

Disappointment can be: the last night of a trip – disappointed it must end.

There are many of these pitfalls that get us down. I recommend getting your blues tanned as the better alternative to therapy. 8 hours of sunshine, 1 bottle of rum, a grilled burger (no onions), some SPF 30, some saucy swimwear, a cool beach towel, and may the  words of Bobby Boucher – “Happiness is magic rays of sunshine that come down when you are feeling blue” heal your wounds.


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