Inner Growth Word of the Day: Disappointing
Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (adj.) failing to meet expectations.
Disappointing in a sentence: When something is disappointing it tends to upset us, but even in a disappointing moment, you can find something to learn from and grow.
Disappointing in action: When you expect an event to turn out a certain way and it doesn’t, that is disappointing.
Disappointing and inner growth: Understanding why something is disappointing to you and exploring your unmet expectations, you can find inner growth if through this exploration you bring awareness to your wants and acceptance that expectations aren’t always met. Disappointing situations also bring you to reflect about what you want to do next and this too brings inner growth, since you take steps to let go and move forward.
Disappointing and inner growth action steps:
- In-depth self-exploration questions: How do I feel about something disappointing? What have I learned about life from the disappointing things that have happened to me? When was the first time I experienced a disappointing situation or person? What did I learn about myself through this experience? How has a disappointing behavior or trait affected my relationships? What has changed in my life due to something or someone disappointing?
- List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with disappointing at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. From this list pick the words that stand out the most. Next write about why each word stood out and how something or someone disappointing played a role.
- Bring your awareness to your feelings about disappointing situations and allow those emotions to do the talking. While you sit in silence with your feelings notice if those emotions stem from specific areas of your body or where they go to. When you’re ready, think of one disappointing life event and allow the feelings from it to continue expressing emotions throughout your body. As you do this, if you find yourself getting upset, refocus your attention on the emotions that are less upsetting and then explore those upset feelings with questions to find out what’s behind those feelings.
Your turn – Share your disappointing sentence, life examples, and inner growth action steps; and let me know if you’d like to see something added to our Inner Growth Word of The Day explorations 🙂