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Hope In Times Of Trouble

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2 decided that others should benefit from her misfortune. She decided to throw a party for the homeless. So, on June 24, 1990—what should have been her wedding day—Gooley arranged for bus loads of 150 homeless men and women from southwestern Connecticut to be driven to the catering hall. Many had not had a hot meal in weeks, but that Saturday they feasted on elegant hors d’oeuvres and an exquisite full-course meal. Although Gooley’s disappointment was considerable and publicly embarrassing, her response to this personal crisis was both graceful and inspiring. When it comes to disappointment, life treats each one of us equally. No one lives a disappointment-proof life. Disappointment, whether with others or ourselves, is an age-old problem. One third of the 150 Psalms are of lament and petition. For example, David cried out: “Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; My eye wastes away with grief, yes, my soul and my body! For my life is spent with grief ” (Psalm 31:9, 10). The apostle Paul expressed disappointment: “For we do not want you to be ignorant… of our trouble which came to

us:… we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life” (2 Corinthians 1:8). The 17th-century British philosopher Thomas Hobbes declared that human living is “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.” Even the early 19th-century novelist Charlotte Bronte lamented: “Why life is so blank, brief and bitter, I do not know.” Because disappointment comes to all and can result in disillusionment and despair, it is a vital life art to learn ways of managing disappointment. Here are some creative and effective ways of helping yourself get through disappointment. 1 Let Anger Motivate You Whenever disappointment strikes, one of the immediate emotions is that of anger. Remember that anger is an emotion which can be used as a weapon of destruction, further complicating our disappointment, or as a tool to build a better situation. The truth is that anger can drive us to act negatively or anger can be harnessed to work on our behalf. Martin Luther was 3

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