The recent election results were a mixed bag, as elections so often are, resulting in high levels of frustration and disappointment on all sides of the issues.

Disappointments are unavoidable, but how we deal with them can make a huge difference in our lives.

In order to be disappointed, one needs to have had an expectation which was not fulfilled. We feel we have been deprived of an arrangement we were hoping for, like an appointment for an important meeting or event. Our reaction may range from mild annoyance, say when a dental appointment is rescheduled, to sadness or rage if we feel we’ve been denied unfairly, to feelings of depression, hopelessness, betrayal, and defeat.

While we usually have no power to go back and reverse the disappointing circumstance, we can absolutely take control of our response.

The first step in recovering from disappointment is to accept the situation and let go of rehashing the scenario and laying blame. This frees us up to move forward and also makes us more pleasant to be with.

The second, and most important, step is to recognize our own limitations and narrow perspective. Consider that our expectations may actually have been unreasonable. Remember that every disappointment in this life is transitory and, whether we like it or not, may actually be for our own eternal benefit.

12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

James 1:12

If our hope is in our eternal appointment, we won’t be disappointed.

35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

Matthew 24:35

About Jonna Hawker Turek

I write Christian fiction under my maiden name, J.B. Hawker.
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