We experience these somewhat similar emotions when we have created expectations concerning what we will receive from others, God, life or even from ourselves. We might also feel such emotions concerning our own abilities or efforts when we are unable to achieve the goals we desire.
We feel this way when things do not happen the way we expected, or more often, when others are not who we expected them to be. We develop expectations, and then feel cheated when we they are not fulfilled.
Also, when we do not achieve the results we desire, we feel disappointed and disillusioned in ourselves, others or God.
When we succumb to such feelings, we often give up making any further effort, which in turn obstructs our growth.
Positive alternatives to disappointment and disillusionment could be:
1. Understand that we are all in a process of evolution and that no one is perfect.
2. Faith in the flow of life.
3. Confidence that with patience, practice and perseverance, we can manifest the changes we seek.
4. Greater self-sufficiency will allow us to need less from the other and thus not be so dependent on them, expecting so much from them.
5. A larger sense of time, in which we realize that, any efforts made for less than fifty years, are actually small in relationship to the immensity of our being.
It is important that we do not allow such feelings of disappointment to diminish our efforts towards creating a better life for ourselves, our loved ones, society and the world as whole.
Understand and accept the present limitations of your universe as you use them as a stepping stone to move out of and beyond them.
Robert Elias Najemy is the author of over 600 articles, 400 lecture cassettes on Human Harmony and 20 books, which have sold over 100,000 copies. He is the Founder and director of the Center for Harmonious Living in Greece with 3700 members. His book The Psychology of Happiness is available at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0971011605/holisticharmo- 20 and http://www.HolisticHarmony.com/psychofhappiness.html. You can download FREE articles and e-books from http://www.HolisticHarmony.com where you can also receive guidance on life issues.
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