All of us experience times when things don’t go as planned and they don’t work out as we had hoped and imagined. When this happens, it’s natural to feel disappointed. As quickly as you can, though, shake it off. Pull yourself up; take the next step.
Fight with all your might against lingering disappointment! It rapidly leads to discouragement which then is but a step away from deadly despair.
I heard a story once about the Devil having a garage sale on all his tools: 90% off on Anger, Envy, Greed, Miserliness, Laziness, Filthiness, Selfishness, among other traits and emotions. There was one, however, that was put to the side and rested on a purple velvet pillow.
It was Despair.
When asked about it, the Devil said that it was priceless and not for sale—and never would be for sale. With this one tool the Devil could take down even the strongest person. The Devil said that all the other traits and emotions contained energy, and with energy comes the potential for action and change.
But with Despair, there is no energy; the person will not take any action to save him/herself.
With Despair, a person is doomed.
Your homework today is to shake off disappointment and kick discouragement to the curb. If you are in the grip of despair, now is the time to reach out for help. Talk to friends, family, and qualified professionals.
Do what you need to do to save yourself!
You can do it!
I’m so proud of you for standing tall and strong! I knew you could do it!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,