For some people in life, everything they touch turns to gold.
Do you know these people? It seems like every business venture they pursue is profitable, every game they play they win, every opportunity tends to go to them. Do you know anyone like that?
I know one person who fits the bill. One. Out of all the people I have met in my life, only one, and that may be one more than you know. The truth is, most people experience more disappointment in life than success, more losing than winning, and this truth hit home tonight.
The Kansas City Royals made an epic run through the 2014 Post-Season to arrive at Game 7 of the World Series. They overcame huge deficits and beat the odds time and time again, and it seemed as if they might do it again in the bottom of the 9th with the tying run just 90 feet from home plate.
Unfortunately for these Royals, some guy named Madison Bumgarner, their kryptonite, ended the run and closed out the 2014 World Series on a pop-up in foul territory. All of the wins that led them to this game ended in a loss, giving the Giants their 3rd title in 5 years.
I can only imagine the disappointment each Royals player felt watching the Giants celebrate on their field. It must have been difficult to take in.
And yet, this brings me to the point of this blog. What do we do with disappointment? What do we do with the painful misery of being so close and not winning? What do we do when it just doesn’t work out?
It all depends on how you view disappointment. Is it a blessing or a curse?
If it’s a curse, it’s crushing, defeating, exhausting. It puts a nail in the coffin of self-confidence and makes it difficult to give it another shot. Disappointment has caused many a dreamer to stop dreaming.
However, if disappointment is a blessing, it’s still difficult to experience, but rather than crushing you, it strengthens you. Rather than defeating you, it merely deters you momentarily. Rather than stealing your energy, it ignites your spirit. Instead of robbing you of your confidence, it teaches you what you need to correct in order to get better.
All of us will experience disappointment, just like the Royals did tonight. The question remains: how will we respond when it happens?
The answer is up to you.