Poet and organisational thinker, David Whyte says “we are bound to disappoint each other”.  Infact, as humans “we are meant to disappoint each other”.   Without heart break whether in relationships or our vocation, we will never have the opportunity to move into a more open, larger possibility.

To talk of disappointment may be the proverbial understatement as world leaders stall, stutter, sabotage..

Whyte reassures us “if you are not disappointed, you are not trying”.

And so well it seems they are trying…

The Ancient Greek aphorism “know thyself” ‘seems to be particular apt here, where the link between individual and society has revealed itself on the same stage.  Whether for climate change, inequality, the tension and pain played out in the collective, are but mirrors of the individual.  One’s own perspectives reinforced by those key disappointment ingredients of judgement and attachment.  Who could release themselves of their fixed identity, ego and self interest,  to actually create a new paradigm?

And so closer in…

How is disappointment showing up in you? And in your work?

What is it telling you about what you need to learn?

What do you need to surrender to, release, or confront, in order to create a better future?


  • Whyte, David, When the Heart Breaks, Sounds True – audio
  • Good tips from http://www.rebellesociety.com/2013/08/09/disappointed-4-practices-to-help-you-let-go/
  • Photo by Freshh Connection on Unsplash
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