Living life as a journey, you will early into your voyage realise that the course is not always smooth. Despite good intentions, an optimistic attitude or a solid support basis you find that the occasional disappointment pops up. This is usually the separation point between insiders and outsiders (see “Inner or Outer?” posted on Dec 26). How to deal with disappointments is the defining skill in determining the direction, speed and fulfillment of your set goal.
For the outsider disappointments are energy thieves which rob them of joy and the will to continue on their journey. Insiders, on the other hand, see the true value of those unplanned, uncomfortable occurrences. They see disappointments for what they really are.
The word “disappointment” consists of “appointment” with a “dis” added. This prefix means “opposite”, “away” or “lack of-”. So actually disappointment means “an opposite appointment”. The dissatisfaction, discontent or frustration with an unsuccessful endeavor, should become the incentive to look for other appointments. To ponder too long over missed opportunities or to brood over temporary failures, prevents growth and might prevent you from seeing new appointments with new prospects. Disappointments are new opportunities in disguise.