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Disappointed with Life?

Updated on February 6, 2012
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When words and dreams collide, poetry results. These poetry hubs reflect my life, my interests and all the things that move me.

Disappointment by any other still disappointment.

Disappointment in many forms--some trivial (like the example above, again, maybe not--it's subjective), some grave--but all disappointment brings some form of grief (again, varying degrees).
Disappointment in many forms--some trivial (like the example above, again, maybe not--it's subjective), some grave--but all disappointment brings some form of grief (again, varying degrees). | Source

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There’s a pain that grows

Tentacles grasping

The raw fibers

Of the heart.

Like a jar of paint

dark as the ooze of grime

suddenly upturned

a blotch

a stain

that grows, spreads

deep and wide

like the stubborn sinews of the night.

The once beautiful page wearing

smears to


to scar

mishappen to the perfect eye.

Disappointment is quite a part of life. Some people are more acquainted with it than others—another fact of life. Yet, for others, they seem to live above disappointment –their lives are nothing but glowing tales of glory and success. We like to think they live on green pastures, sleep in ivory towers and laze around serene blue waters of relaxation—maybe, they’re caricatures of fairy tales? But for most of us, dealing with disappointment is part and parcel of living this life. It takes on many forms and comes in all shades and grades.


Is the promise of hope

Smoldering in the fire of trials.

It’s the glow of love

Choked by the barbed wire

Of emotional thorns.

The blush of first love

Floundering and losing its way.

It’s the wish

that never grows wings.

The dream that perishes

In the heat of feverish eagerness.

The yearning that suffocates

In the tissue of fussing.

The cruel cutting of shoots

About to sprout.

The detours

The U-turns

The red light

The speed bumps

You’d rather not have.

If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere. ~Frank A. Clark

If life seems like a dead end street, you can always turn around.
If life seems like a dead end street, you can always turn around. | Source

Disappointed? With love? With the promotion you never get? Or the dream college you worked your whole life for but they were dumb enough not to recognize your potential? Disappointed with your dismal online earnings or just plain disappointed with the people in your life (yourself included)? Although disappointment is often negative and words like these come to mind—letdown, crushed, devastated, sad, snubbed, beat down, hopeless, defeated, desperate and more –it may also be a time of reflection, a time to step back and reevaluate, a time of renewal and coming back to do life, stronger than ever.

If you’re going through a patch like this—where life seems to suck and everywhere you turn, you’re see dredges of disappointment, here are some quotes to tide you over:

Disappointed because of Unreasonable Expectation?


Hope is tomorrow’s veneer over today’s disappointment. ~ Evan Esar

I have never won a race, and that is my main disappointment—but you have to be positive. ~ Jean Alesi

If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment. ~ Henry David Thoreau

If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed. ~ Sylvia Plath

We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, “Blessed are they that mourn, “ and I accept it. I’ve got nothing that I hadn’t bargained for. Of course, it is different when thing happens to oneself, not to others, and in reality, not imagination. ~ C.S. Lewis

Each difficult moment has the potential to open my eyes and open my heart. ~ Myla Kabat-Zinn

No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown. ~ Willliam Penn

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is a great art to laugh at your own misfortune. ~Danish proverb.

There are two ways to be happy; improve your reality, or lower your expectations. ~ Jodi Picoult.

Good is not good, when better is expected. ~ Thomas Fuller

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Feel like that sometimes?

Disappointment can make us desperate for answers to our problems.
Disappointment can make us desperate for answers to our problems. | Source

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