Disappointment happens when expectations are not met. Sometimes disappointment occurs because our expectations are unrealistic. Often disappointment takes place when circumstances are beyond our control. If we had the opportunity or the ability to intervene we would have altered the outcome.
Recently our son in South Carolina got to the final stage of consideration for a position and was edged out by one of the other two candidates. Someone asked how he took that. My reply was that he was disappointed but not devastated. I have admired this trait in him over the years. Many years ago, he had aspirations of playing college football but reinjured a shoulder in such a way that ended his chances to play. Again, he was terribly disappointed, but he quickly turned his skills toward coaching and began a career helping young athletes reach their highest potential.
We all need to be careful not to allow disappointment to become paralyzing devastation.