Disappointments come our way from time to time. It’s how we handle those disappointments that matter. For example, I recently learned that a big-time Catholic catalogue would not carry my book, Adventures of Faith, Hope and Charity: Finding Patience, simply because I self-published the book. It didn’t matter to them that the book was named a 2016 National Indie Excellence Award Finalist. In fact, they commented that they thought it was a really good book. They just don’t like dealing with my printing company. For that reason alone, they were declining to carry the book in their catalogue. My immediate reaction: Major disappointment!
Handling Disappointments Appropriately
With every disappointment there are lessons to learn; lessons that can shape your future for the better. Let’s face it: no one ever learns anything from success. They learn from failure. So, what am I going to do about this disappointment?
I decided, rather than reacting childishly by sulking over the matter, I will imitate our Blessed Mother, and ponder this situation in my heart. What might I do differently for the second book to improve on the situation? What other avenues might open to me in lieu of this one door closing? You know what they say, “when one door closes, another opens.” I will keep my eyes peeled for that next door opening. I will seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit. I never turn down error free advice from the Holy Spirit! I will have faith that God will show me the way. I will take my disappointment and give it to Jesus at Adoration. I will let Him lead the way. Together, Jesus and me will find a way to take this disappointment and move beyond it in the direction the Holy Spirit wants me to travel.
Always remember that “with God all things are possible” (Matt 19:26). If we never suffered from disappointments, we would then never fully appreciate the joys and successes of our lives.