Disappointment: opportunity or drawback


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Setbacks are badges of honor for those who try
to achieve something worthwhile. ~ SGI President Daisaku Ikeda

At one time in our lives, we may find ourselves in a position when we’re 100%-without-a-doubt certain of a particular outcome, only to have our hopes dashed when we discover we’re wrong.  Once we finally wade through the disillusionment, it’s possible we will question the error of our ways.  Going forward, we might second-guess every decision while looking for loopholes.  Some say it helps us, however, when we’re faced with similar situations in the future because we’ve been down that road before.  But in a way, I think we could feel a bit jaded or untrusting (see Regaining your balance).  Although I believe it’s possible to pick up the pieces and look at the world with fresh eyes, again, it may take more than an honest assessment of what makes us tick.  Perhaps it will require a change of scenery to start over.

Do you consider disappointments opportunities or drawbacks?

A race against time

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Sometimes I feel like our lives are an endless race.  For me, the alarm clock rings and I’m up and running (okay, walking slowly), “racing” to post my blog, get to the gym by 5:45, open the office at 8:00, and then tackle everything on my work task list before 4:00 rolls around and it’s time to race home to start dinner, eat at 6:00 and sit down by 8:00 to write for the evening before starting all over in the morning.  Whew!  Throw in my recent doctor’s appointments and social engagements, errands and a rare TV show and there’s always something.  And over the next few weeks, I feel like I’m racing against time to receive answers pertaining to my health before I travel.  Only now, I’m at the mercy of medical technicians and physicians, hospitals and labs.  It’s at times like these that we need to take a deep breath and know we’re doing all we can.  Watch out, though, because once I feel better, I’ll be doing an all-out sprint to the finish line.  Or maybe I’ll just drop back and enjoy the scenery.

Do you feel like you’re always racing against time?