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It's OK To Be Disappointed

I get a kick out of referring to my weekly observations as a "blogette" -- adding the French ending to imply it's smaller than most. My goal has always been to stay short and sweet. We have full, busy lives and not only am I taking into consideration your precious time, but also my own!

As so many of you have noticed, my life can be a little off-center. Besides having a streak of purple and sprinkles of sparkly faerie threads in my hair, I also haven't had a home base for several years. I own very few "things" and I have driven my dear, dependable KIA Soul across the USA five times in the last three years with another trip from west to east coming up in a few weeks. At the moment, I am working on organic farms in the Pacific Northwest and since this is a busy time of year, this "blogette" is going to be even more petite than usual.

Monday's On the way... was:

"Let your disappointment gently guide and drive you."

Often, I want to just give up on something if I'm disappointed. When a situation doesn't go my way or someone does something that annoys or surprises me or I feel "let down", I'm ready to walk away, write it off, or give up. What I've learned, over time (wisdom really does come with age!), is to pay attention to my disenchantment. It helps me see where my expectation might have been unrealistic. It teaches me to get in touch with my "judgements" which help me soften and look for a different point of view. That always reminds me of my favorite advice from Wayne Dyer:

"If you change the way you look at things,

the things you look at change."

Being dissatisfied can also stimulate me to look for a better way or renew my interest in improving my circumstances. Instead of simply being upset, angry, or even disillusioned, I can look for the gift. And that is what I wish for you.


Would you like to spend the better part of a day with me in person? I'd love to see you! I'm putting together a gathering in Boston in December. Once I have the details, you'll be the first to know.


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Barbara L Cummings, MS, RN

the Mindful Maven and Mistress of Meditation, is a sassy Queen-ager, mentor, confidante and trusted guide who provides people with everyday life support. 

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