Life can certainly be challenging at times. There are the unexpected setbacks that occur, but more than that there are also the general frustrations of day to day living. What do we mean?
When we talk about disappointment we are not referring to major calamities or disasters, but things maybe not going the way we expected or success not bringing the fulfilment we thought we might achieve.
How do you handle life when things don't go the way you expect? How can we develop healthy ways to handle disappointment? How can we know joy when life doesn't feel great?
Someone who has spent a lot of time thinking about this is the author John Hindley. On this podcast we have the privilege of interviewing John about his book titled "Dealing With Disappointment: How To Know Joy When Life Doesn't Feel Great."
John defines disappointment as "what we experience when we expect satisfaction and that satisfaction is denied."
Do join us as we discuss:
How in life there are lots of little disappointments that can give us a sense of vague discomfort, which we have a tendency to push away and ignore.
How at times our experiences resonate with that of King Solomon from the 9th century BC in the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes as he cried out, "Meaningless! Meaningless! .....Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless."
Why if we want to live life to the full then we should expect at times to be disappointed.
Understanding disappointment as what we experience when we expect satisfaction and that satisfaction is denied.
The disappointment that can come with success. How this can push us to long for more.
Ways to break through disappointment and which involve:
- finding hope that destroys despair
- purpose that cuts off escape
- perspective that shrinks disappointment.
What John means when he says, "There is more satisfaction in the smile of Jesus than there is disappointment in a thousand lifetimes. "