What do you do when you find yourself feeling disappointed? What leads us to this feeling that something or someone has let us down? Is that we set our expectations too high and thus bring this on ourselves or is it that we have surrounded ourselves with people and things that are not meant to be a part of our journey and this is how they are weeded out? The feeling of being disappointed is one of the hardest to reconcile because this feeling is often created by outside forces so it seems we are helpless in avoiding it. However, being more conscious of the decisions we are making, the people that are involved in our lives and what our true expectations are will allow us to better prepare ourselves for this feeling. Don’t be afraid to put your faith into something, just know if it doesn’t work out there may be a greater cause at work and this negative situation may very well turn out to be a positive one. Prepare yourself for all possible outcomes in life and remember that every situation is working out just the way it was intended. Whether good or bad, everything happens for a reason.
Is there an expiration date on grudges? How long do you go around disliking or resenting another person because of something they may have done to you or the way they treated you? I suppose it could go on forever, but how exhausting would that be? Every time you hear that person’s name, see their face or think about the circumstance that brought you to these feelings you continue to trap yourself in a constant state of unhappiness. How much easier is it to say, I forgive you. It doesn’t matter if the person apologizes, it doesn’t matter if they are even sorry for what they did. What matters is that you have freed yourself from the burden of having to dislike that person forever. Holding that anger and pain inside only hurts you, not them. They will continue to live their lives and you will continue to feel that pain until you just let it go. Forgiving that person gives you back the control over your mind and your heart.
“To err is human, to forgive, divine.” ~ Alexander Pope