If disappointing people gives you sweaty palms and makes you want to hide under the covers, this one’s for you …
THIS WEEK, WE WANT YOU TO KNOW:
APPLY IT TO YOUR OWN LIFE:
No one hops out of bed thinking, “Wow, I can’t wait to disappoint this person today!”
So if you’re a normal human, it’s natural that you A) don’t like disappointing people and B) might do what you can to avoid it, when possible.
But the struggle to avoid disappointing people comes at a price … usually, at the expense of letting yourself down.
To be true to who you are and what you value, you will have to let people down sometimes. And in those moments when you’re tempted to compromise who you are so that you don’t have to feel the discomfort of another’s disappointment, it’s important to remember:
Disappointing someone is not the same thing as being a disappointment.
Letting someone down is a thing that you may have done. It’s temporary, and you’ll likely have many more opportunities to not let them down, in ways that feel genuine to both of you. (And honestly, most of the time it’s not the big deal you’ve worked it up to be.)
Being a disappointment is a thing you are. It’s part of your very identity. And to label your character as disappointing … well, that’s a serious accusation. One which we highly doubt you deserve.
The point is this: Living an authentic life will never please everyone around you. There will be friction and tough choices and people who don’t understand. You will naturally, inevitably disappointment someone. But that’s not who you are.
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Kristen + Rachel