Welcome Update #23


Brian A. Palmer, Editor in Chief

Disappointment is something that we all have to deal with. It is uncomfortable and disheartening, but it is also a good thing. I recently interviewed for a new position with a company that I work with. As you can guess, I did not receive the position. At first I was upset and angry. I had been sure that I had earned the position and looked forward to starting it even though I had tried not to. 

As I dealt with my disappointment I began to realize how positive not getting what I wanted can actually be. The process of interviewing forces you to analyze yourself and your abilities. By doing this you are able to spot your weaknesses and develop ways to improve and overcome them. You are also forced to face the areas that you succeed in. This can sometimes be harder to do, but being able to acknowledge your achievements can help to motivate you to continue to achieve in the future. 

Lastly, not getting what you want leaves you open to receiving greater things that you could imagine. When I was at the end of my freshman year in high school I auditioned to be the field commander for our marching band. I did not win the position and I was very disappointed. Then three months later my family moved to a different town and I was forced to change schools. At my new school I was exposed to many more opportunities and experiences than I ever could have had at my first high school. By not winning the position in the band I was left with nothing holding me back to the school and prevented the director from being forced to find a last minute replacement. 

The next time you are facing disappointment, take a moment to consider the upside of the downside.

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