(overcoming) Disappointment Doldrums

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”  Martin Luther King, Jr.

Disappointment doldrums, at times we’ve all been there. Something we’ve hoped (worked hard for, dreamed of) doesn’t work out, crushing us like a door slammed in our faces.

Wham! We’re knocked down into disappointment doldrums for a brief minute – months, years even – before our hope grooves get back on track.

Disappointment burns. It hurts. It knocks the air out of our hearts.

We may try to ignore it, but it’s there, waiting.

Waiting like a spigot to spew forth disappointment induced doldrums.

We can wallow in our disappointment, floundering about in our tears, or we can stop and take stock.

If we look (hard enough) around, there’s still stuff to thank God for. Gratitude is a good place to start making our way out of the DDs (Disappointment Doldrums).

What can we learn from what’s happened? Maybe the next time we try, we can incorporate lessons learned (&/or develop a thicker skin.)

Many years ago I watched a long televised Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony with my Papa. I have never forgotten the acceptance speech given by Michael Irvin. Maybe because he cried (one of the NFL’s greatest stars crying as he apologized to his wife in front of zillions of people?)

But more so for a mantra Michael Irvin shared – several times – in his speech. Something his pastor told him when he messed up (spectacularly.)

“Look up. Get up. Never give up.”

That’s the thing about disappointment doldrums (especially when we’re disappointed in ourselves) – we need to take our DDs in stride and keep on going.

“You just keep going on…”

Wake up. Get up. Keep on, keeping on.

Hope lives in the horizons of our heart.

Infinite Hope = Infinite HorizonsTomorrow is another day.

grace, peace & infinite Hope

Virginia : )

“Hang on to your hat. Hang on to your hope. And wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day.” E.B. White

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26 Responses to (overcoming) Disappointment Doldrums

  1. Cindy Kranich says:

    I remember you sharing that quote from Michael Irvin, which is great … the E.B. White quote is also very good. Thanks for this constructive blog!!

    • Virginia says:

      Thanks, Cin. it’s been 12 years and I still remember Michael Irvin’s speech! That’s a long time, but it was so heart-felt. (It’s actually on YouTube if you want to watch… ) Blessings & big hugs!!! 🌟🏈🌟🤗🏈🌟

  2. GodGirl says:

    Inspiring and encouraging words – thank you!

  3. Good morning, “Wake up. Get up. Keep on, keeping on. Hope lives in the horizons of our heart. Infinite Hope = Infinite Horizons” are words of encouragement. Although, I am a hopeful person your blog post made me more hopeful, Thank you. I would like to thank you as well for liking my latest blog post “Simply Fearless Pearl 💪🏼🔥”. It meant so much to me. Have a lovely day 🌸

  4. Cjo says:

    Lovely post and so true..

  5. Garfield Hug says:

    This post came at a timely place in my life now. I am void of feelings as I await surgery and really do not know what to think. Appreciate your lovely words of encouragement and it resonated with me now. Thanks

    • Virginia says:

      Hey GH – glad you’ve come through your surgery okay! Hope (& pray) that your recovery won’t be too much longer so you can be reunited with all your furry Garfields who (obviously) have missed you!!! Blessings & (careful) hugs! 🐾🤗🐾

      • Garfield Hug says:

        *Blush* Garfield got admitted into hospital with me LOL! I cannot bear to be without him supporting me with Garfield hugs! Thanks for looking in on me Virginia and your prayers are much appreciated as am running fever now.

      • Virginia says:

        Have been praying, and will continue, GH. Glad you have a release date & hope everything continues to heal in a timely (infection free) manner. Big hugs & lots of love, GH!!!! 🙏🤗🙏💐🌟💐💞🤗🙏

      • Garfield Hug says:

        Thanks Virginia 💕😊

  6. Ore Matem says:

    Thanks for the much needed encouragement and love the quotes! Good words to live by

  7. very inspiring-thank you! love Michele

    • Virginia says:

      Thank you, Michele. Hope is a choice AND a verb when disappointment zaps our forward momentum to a screeching halt. Courage required (to keep on going!) Hugs & love!💞 🌟🙏🌟💞

  8. “Disappointment burns. It hurts. It knocks the air out of our hearts.” Couldn’t be said any better…no truer description.
    It burns. It hurts. Bad.
    This is the positivity I needed to take in today. Thank you for the encouragement and reminder. I’ll keep going!

  9. Amrutha says:

    When disappointed we forget there is another word “Hope” to live for.
    Thank you for this post 🙂

  10. Amrutha says:

    My pleasure ! Happy to know it helped you 😊

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