It really is a great book. But if you know me, you know I love her books and her blog, so that really is no surprise.
Friday was a busy day. My husband’s nephew got married, I had some obligations at the school and it was just all around busy. I also got some disappointing news. It’s nothing anything I really want to open up and share yet, and maybe not as big of a deal as I am making it, but something I was looking forward too and it fell through. I think we have all been there, right?
Friday night, after everything was finally settled, I got a chance to sit down and read from my copy of Money Making Mom. And this paragraph jumped off the page at me….
“My heart sank, It was quite the letdown, especially after spending three days psyching myself up. The feeling of disappointment grew into discouragement, simmering in my heart for days. It was time to make a choice between moping and whining that I wasn’t chosen or being grateful that I was even considered in the first place. I decided to focus on the latter, and let me tell you, it really changed my perspective. There is always something to be grateful for. IF you start looking for things to appreciate you’ll begin to find them all around you.” -Crystal Paine, Money Making Mom, page 174
1. Seek Inspiration. This can be different for all of us. Payer is a big one for me. I love to read scriptures and good books. I love to listen to good music. I’ve been on a Piano Guys kick lately. I love listening to them in the car, and at home. The kids love them because the play popular songs, and I love it because I don’t have lyrics blaring at me – it’s classical and soothing.
2. Go for a run. Saturday it was nice to go for a run with my sister. I didn’t even discuss my disappointing news with her, but it was nice to run and talk and visit. Sometimes a run on the treadmill is clearing to my head in the afternoon or evening.
3. Write. I love to write, in journals or on blogs. I think writing down your blessings is also a HUGE help when you are feeling down. Keeping a gratitude journal is a great idea.
4. Laugh and eat chocolate. Okay – maybe this isn’t a serious one, but Friday night it sure helped me. I threw myself a big pitty party that night. A big bowl of ice cream and some Gilmore Girls on Netflix made everything right. I think it’s okay to feel sad and disappointed. It’s okay to give yourself that time. It’s not okay to dwell in it. My husband knew I was a little sad that day so he kept making me laugh and laugh throughout our trip to the wedding. Laughter is amazing. It can be so great for the soul!
What’s your favorite way to deal with disappointment?