Disappointment as the Norm?

Lately it seems that disappointment is the norm in my life.

I am disappointed with my place of former employment… I’m disappointed with people in my family… I’m disappointed with myself… I’m disappointed with friends… I’m disappointed with how people respond/react to me and my family…

Why?  I suppose that it could be my own perspective.  I suppose some would tell me that I need to have a cheery/rosy outlook and it really is all in how I perceive things.  In some ways, that could be true.

But could it also be true that society has gotten to the place where it is all about “me.”  We no longer seem to care what others think and/or feel.   We do what we want, say what we want, not caring how it will impact others or how it will change someone’s world.

Yes, we have gotten to that point.  Society, in general is very egocentric.  It is all about what you can do for me.  What I can get out of you.  How I can get the most out of doing the least.  Which is very sad.

Maybe I am naive, but that is not how I believe or behave (or try to behave).    I try to help others.  I try to put others first.  What can I do for YOU?  I don’t mind hard work.   I know that this sometimes leads to me being taken advantage of… and thus disappointed.  I think of myself AFTER others…. which in many cases results in.. disappointment.

What can I do about it?  What can I do to stop being constantly disappointed in others?

1.  I could become hardened and egocentric and look out only for myself.

2.  I could not care about other people and their feelings.  I could become calloused to others.

3.  I could lower my standards and not expect much from people so therefore they can’t disappoint me.

4.  I could continue to be disappointed, holding on to my principles that helping others is the better way to go — ooops, that won’t stop the disappointment.

I guess I am going to choose to continue to be disappointed.  Of course, there are times when I look out for myself and gird myself to withstand the disappointment.   However, I guess I just need to somehow accept that I WILL be disappointed by others – ALL THE TIME.  I will be taken advantage of, I will be overlooked, I will be dismissed, I will be looked down upon.   If only, all of that didn’t hurt so much.

I’m not really sure of the point of this blog post today.  I was hit with another major disappointment this weekend, on top of a big one last week, not to mention all of them in the last 5 years.  I am getting weary.  I will pull myself up by my bootstraps (what exactly are bootstraps?) and trundle on.  What else can I do?  If I get angry, no one listens or believes me or seems to care, so that is almost worthless.  Besides, I don’t do confrontation.

disappointmentThere are some shining lights in my world right now.  Some of the people at my (now defunct) work have been fabulous!  Some of the people in my life – mostly those involved with Girl Scouts – have been fabulous.  I wish I could say the same for people in organized religion.

I realize that not everyone disappoints me.  However, when it is people/places/organizations that disappoint me that are very, very dear to me, it hurts deeply.  I suppose, that I hold them to a higher standard and I really shouldn’t.   However, when you want the best from everyone and know that they could do better….

The argument could be made… that the fault is mine.  I bring the disappointment on myself by having too high of expectations and standards.  I don’t feel like that should be a bad thing.  This world is so far removed from good behavior, manners, common courtesy, common sense, graciousness… it is very sad that I might be questioning lowering my own standards to come in line with the world.

Just a melancholy, raining Sunday morning…. headed out to clean in the garage now.  Maybe the physical activity will help.

Silver Award

The second highest award a Girl Scout can earn is her Silver Award.  My GS Troop 1039 will be working on their silver award this coming year.  We need your help.

We will be learning about Flag etiquette and how to properly retire an American Flag.  We will be collecting flags that need retired and then properly, carefully, deal with them to prepare them for retirement.

Some time in the Spring of 2016 we will hold a flag retirement ceremony.  You will be welcome to attend.

We need flags.  All sizes.  If you have a flag or flags that need retired, please let me know and we will figure out a way to get it from you.  If you live locally, we can pick it up.  If you don’t… we’ll have to figure something out.

The more flags the better.  If you are connected to an organization like the Eagles or VFW and they are willing to collect them for us, that would be awesome.  We will gladly write them a thank you note and invite them to the ceremony.  We will also offer them some grommets.  Grommets that have been through the fire with their flags will be collected once the ashes cool.  Grommets can then be used as a momento and are often used for good luck.

If you can collect them at your workplace or house of worship and want us to prepare a box for you, we can do that as well.

Thank you!!

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This photo is from the flag retirement ceremony that my #2 daughter did in 2007.

Summer Yarn Project

This is the first summer since….. EVER… that I am not home during the week.    Which means that I am leaving teenagers home “alone” all summer. I try to leave them chores to do and expectations:  practice music, read a book, make a craft… but honestly, without regular supervision, that doesn’t get done.

Their big project for the summer is to sort and organize all the yarn.  Yep… ALL THE YARN… did I really say that??  Yes…

ALL THE YARN!!

So here is what they started out with after we schelpped it all in from the garage:

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Yeah… why not stack it on the treadmill?  That as good a place as any.

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More yarn was found after this photo was taken, but this is the majority of it from the garage.

 

Then they began sorting it.  The first sort was just to roll the skeins/balls up and get them untangled.

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Or to make great scarves out of the tangled mess.

 

Now they have sorted it by kind of yarn.

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I’m assuming that the next step will be by color and then carefully stored in the clear totes so I can easily find the yarn I need.

 

Unfortunately, both of the projects I am currently working on… I don’t have the right color to finish them and I will have to go buy some more.  SERIOUSLY!  Can you believe that with all the yarn I have???