“Disappointment is sadness or displeasure caused by the non-fulfilment of one’s hopes or expectations.” So, the best way to avoid being disappointed is to be without hopes or expectations and live life on its own terms accepting everything that comes ones way cheerfully and without reservations.
I have had my share of disappointments in life but was resilient enough to handle them and come out of the experiences with hope for better things to come out of the experiences. This was not something that I deliberately set about doing but, something that came naturally to me thanks to the hard lessons learnt from my parents. In fact, I was more of a disappointment for them in many ways than all the disappointments that I experienced in my life.
It took a series of serendipitous events to make me a different person from the person who gave them the disappointments which made them come out of their disappointment with joy. In fact in retrospect, they wondered why I gave them so much to worry about in my earlier avatar when I had it in me to be different. My answer was always that I was not responsible for the change and that I simply followed life’s diktats and came out of those days smelling of roses.
Like my parents, I also disappointed some employers, who had high hopes for me by quitting their services when least expected to follow the diktats of my conscience or, just to escape unpleasantness in the environments.
It has now been many years since I either got disappointed or disappointed someone else. That has been a great aspect of retired life where there are no appointments to keep other than those with the medical profession and therefore no room for disappointments!
This is my take on this week’s Friday Four On One blog post topic. The other three bloggers who write on the same topic are Sanjana, Padmum and Shackman. This week’s topic was suggested by Shackman. Please do go over to their respective blogs to see what they have to say on the topic. Thank you.