On Disappointment…

Leonid Osipovich Pasternak (1862-1945) Russian Post Impressionist Painter ~  The artist was the father of the … | Painter blog, Artist statement, Post  impressionists

If you are human then you have definitely come across this powerful and unsettling emotion. Disappointment occurs when we have an ideal or expectation enthroned in our imaginations and reality doesn’t match up with said expectation. The critically acclaimed author Paulo Coelho, in his book Brida, has this to say on the subject, “When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.” The biblical character, Moses, led the wandering people of Israel through exile and finally in the latter years of his life he had brought them to the brink of the promised land…the land of Milk and Honey. God told Moses that he may not enter the promised land but he may only look at it from a distance and soon after Moses died. Some might see this and say “wow what a loser!” this reaction is warranted but Moses was content with it because he was granted eternal and everlasting rest. Disappointment is egocentric and if we let it it can taint our view on the shiny gift God is trying to give us if we would just walk a little longer or wait just a little while more. As the navy Seal saying goes “Slow is smooth and smooth is fast” if we enjoy the present joys we won’t get hurt over the expectations that failed to come to fruition.     

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