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Monday, June 2, 2008

Flying when disappointed

One of my daily devotions (from Joyce Meyers’s daily calendar) was called Disappointment Means Appointment. It said: “A Christian has a rare privilege when he experiences disappointment—he can be re-appointed. With God there is always a new beginning available. Self pity, however, keeps us trapped in the past”.

Do not (earnestly) remember the former things; neither consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:18, 19

How many times have you been severely disappointed while flying? How many times has that disappointment caused you not to fly? Memorial Day was an example of that for me. It happens to all of us. That is when flying is crucial. If you allow it, a small flight can lift your spirits and change your outlook.

I have this little saying taped to my bathroom mirror and on my desk at work. I cannot find who wrote it, but it reminds my heart not to give up, give in or to give out.

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.

How profound is that? When I read it in a little shop called Indigo on Vendue, I cried. Yes, I cried right there in the store. The cashier was gracious enough not to say anything as I made my purchase. But right there and right then that proverb seemed to sum up everything that I was feeling and could not find the words to say. I prayed that I turn into a butterfly that very night. Disappointment is a part of life and we should take comfort wherever we can find it. I keep saying that if good thing come to those who wait, all my things must have gone to the wrong address or else I am due for one hell of a Christmas! Perhaps that is a bit harsh. I have had many blessings in my life and it is not right to compare myself with others. I need to work a bit harder on that one.

Maya Angelou wrote

"I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow."

"I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights."

"I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life."

"I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as "making a life."

"I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance."

"I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back."

"I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision."

"I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one."

"I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back."

"I've learned that I still have a lot to learn."

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

So sister girlfriends, keep flying even in the midst of despair, dismay, despite, and disappointment.

1 comment:

doretha said...

I was told that this was not written by Maya. Just take the spirit of the message and use it as you see fit.