Blog 2399 – 05.20.2022
Dealing With Delays and Disappointments
Two certainties in life are delays and disappointments. How we deal with them is a measure of maturity. Babies deal with delays by crying harder and louder. Children often deal with disappoints in the same way. Teenagers and adults often try to hide their frustration with delays and disappointments behind masks of cool indifference.
It is more healthy, honest, and mature to own our disapproval with delays and disappointments calmly and clearly, but then to move on quickly to dealing with the things we can control. On Time Delivery, Zero Defects, and No Accidents are all idealistic goals. In a perfect world they might be attainable, but not in this one, so we must have a Plan B for dealing with delays, disappointments, unplanned for accidents, illness, and expenses.
Managing expectations is key to remaining glad, grateful, and happy in this time and space jungle. The writer to whom most of the New Testament is attributed wrote: “Tribulation worketh patience.” An Old Testament writer penned: “Man is destined for trouble as the sparks fly upward.” They do indeed and we men and women, girls and boys, certainly can expect more than a few bumps in the road.
A big important part of growing up is learning how to deal with delays and disappointments. Growing older, but not up, may not always be the best option.
Your friend and fellow traveler,
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