Disappointment: a bittersweet companion on life’s journey

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An illustration of a large Black man wearing a gardening apron and a dapper hat, holding a watering can, looking over his raised garden of lettuce and cucumber and tomatoes, but nothing has started to come up and he has an expression of disappointment and his body posture is also one of disappointment.

Disappointment, a bittersweet companion on life’s journey. It reminds us that our hopes can be dashed, and plans may unravel. Life has a way of surprising us, sometimes with joyous moments and sometimes with disappointment. Disappointment can feel heavy, like a storm cloud blocking the sunlight.

When our expectations collide with reality, disappointment can cast a shadow on our hearts. It’s in these moments that we need to draw on our strength and adaptability. It’s hard but also important to acknowledge and validate our feelings of disappointment; they are valid.

Let’s make space for our experience of disappointment. Be present. Take time to be with your disappointment.

But let’s also remember that disappointment doesn’t define us. It’s often merely a detour on our path. Disappointment doesn’t need to be the end. It can be a stepping stone.

Take a deep breath, hold onto hope, and keep moving. Within disappointment lies many strands. It’s a chance to reflect, reassess, and discover.

We can embrace disappointment, sometimes as a catalyst. Share in the comments below: a time when disappointment led you to unexpected places. Or, share a time you simply felt disappointment. Together, let’s explore disappointment and all of its depths.

Illustrations by Olivia deBourcier! Get this and 86 other illustrated emotion cards!

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