My youngest daughter, Health Nut, and her husband, Drinks, are expecting their first child, our third Grandchild. He is due any day now. The emotions around this event are many:
• Joy – feeling happy
• Fear – feeling of being afraid
• Anticipation – the feeling of positively looking forward to something
• Trust – the feeling of reliability on someone or something, confidence
• Surprise – feeling of being unprepared
These are typical for most events, aren’t they? Relationships, job, new home, moving, serving a purpose – any big life decision.
Disappointment is expecting something, only to experience a different outcome, resulting in an unmet expectation.
Our reaction to that unmet expectation establishes who we are and how we act in relationship to others. Did we accept the different outcome and shake the dirt off our feet and move on? Or did resentment creep in, like a poison, that caused us to escape into isolation or depression, get angry and attempt to control the situation, or deny it’s existence?
I expect to get a call from Health Nut at the onset of contractions so I can jump in my car and travel 9 hours to be there for the birth! The result will probably be entirely different. I have learned, through growth, healing, life experiences, and a faith of knowing I am exactly where I should be, to be grateful for any part I can play in this event. And accept the unmet expectation.
Are you able to “go with the flow,” “be grateful for where you are,” or “make the best of every situation?” If not, let me help you discover the roadblocks keeping you from a faith that gives you a peaceful outcome.
“If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.” Matthew 10:14