English 12 – Period 2
January 29th, 2012
The Good Side of Disappointment
“Clouds may come, but clouds must go, and they all have a silver lining. For behind each cloud you face, there is a sun shining behind it.” Everybody has heard these old sayings since they were kids and by now they are banalities. However, these sayings are constantly repeated throughout history from generation to generation because they hold truth and reasoning of reality in them. They aren’t just dull and bland statements, they offer insight to dilemmas that everyone will and must face. In life, everyone will face disappointment; it’s an inevitable fact of life. Some disappointments will be catastrophic while others will just be a minor mishap. Nonetheless, disappointments frequently have good side to them.
Disappointment can lead to personal growth. When face with failure, most people tend to just give up and act wander around aimlessly. Others, on the contrary, seek out ways to improve and advance themselves so they have better chances for success in their near futures. Philanthropist and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates once said “I am where I am today because I understood that discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success and its fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” Gates is saying that he became successful not come despite his failures but because of his failures. With every entrepreneurship idea that was criticized and chastised by others, Bill Gates continued his path to achieve success, look at him now critics. Disappointments are an unavoidable part of life, but when an individual learns to cope with failure, that failure converts to success.
Now and again the good side of disappointment takes a while to reveal its appearance. When my stepdad Damon was honorably discharged from his job working for the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, things looked unpleasant. Damon confronted...