Making the Most of a Disappointing Situation Part 2

friends

This post outlines a simple but powerful revelation about friends. Upon this realization, it completely altered the trajectory of my friendships for the better. It has held true within or without a disappointing situation. During hardship, however, it brings a whole new foundation of value, warmth, healing, and joy. 

Just for a moment, think of the faraway friends whom you miss the most in your life. Can you see their faces? When you consider these friendships, do slideshows of treasured memories and hilarious episodes start to play in your mind? Do they know your history and hold your secrets? Have you seen each other through impossibly difficult situations?

Consider one such friend in particular, and trace back to the very first time you met. What brought you together? Did you work or go to school with one another? Did you live with or near each other? Were you part of the same organization, temple, team, church, or group of friends? What was it that made two strangers forge such a strong friendship?

What would you give to see them right now?
And what more would you give to have them in your everyday life again?

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Making the Most of a Disappointing Situation Part 1

finding the beauty in dissonance

Is there an aspect of your life that you find disappointing?
A finish line that is seemingly too far away?
A hope that’s been battered uninvitedly?

These situations are all too common, and it can feel so isolating. We can’t help but ask, “Why is this happening to me?”

These are the disappointments that threaten to completely commandeer my focus.

So in this series of posts, I’m inviting you to go to  battle with me.
To find and fight for the good.

It’s SO important to me, however, for you to know that I still want everyone to honor, value, and express real, raw, and authentic emotion.  It’s so healthy, even critical, for us to feel our anger, sadness, disappointment, confusion, grief, and any other feeling that comes up. In some cases, the disappointment may be so tragic that a dose of positivity may feel too sugary or even downright trite. We honor that too. If that’s the case, these posts may be for a different day.

Given those caveats, where are the treasures in times like these? These disappointments are too hard to not have value.

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And on an otherwise ordinary day, the flower bloomed!

and on an otherwise ordinary day, the flower bloomed

With regard to time, why is it that we want the impossible?  On one hand, we want “time to pass quickly,” while on the other hand, we want “time to stand still.”  Both adages are such reasonable desires, yet how do we embrace such a seemingly unattainable juxtaposition without somehow crushing the integrity of one of them in the process?

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