Dealing with Disappointment – 2023

August 13, 2023 - September 2, 2023
Sunday, August 13 - Saturday, September 02

We get up in the morning, eat breakfast, go to work or school, and come home again. Most likely sometime during the day we will also be disappointed about something. “The main emotion of the adult American who has had all the advantages of wealth, education, and culture is disappointment,” novelist John Cheever once wrote. We’d add that this feeling is common no matter where you live. Things don’t always turn out the way we want them to. Disappointment is part of the fabric of life.

Spiritual practices help us discern what disappointments, setbacks, and failures — major and minor — mean and what we can learn from them. Practices can get at the roots of disappointment and keep us from closing our hearts or plunging into depression because of it.

Recovery programs say that it takes three weeks to break a habit or start a new practice. Disappointment will never disappear, but we can learn to deal with it in a different way. This 21-day program consists of brief quotations on the causes and teachings of disappointment along with simple exercises you can do when one shows up in your life. You will also have access to an online Practice Circle (open 24/7) to discuss the ideas and practices with others in the course.

(3 CEHs for Chaplains available.)