Have you ever gotten your hopes up so high that it seemed impossible for them not to come to fruition? Have you ever had those sky-high hopes get dashed because either a person or thing did not turn out to be in sync with you?
It sucks, doesn’t it? You cannot fathom how things could have gotten so crossed up and left you in a world of despair and pain. Naturally, you want to blame the other person or the situation. This was beyond your control.
Let me introduce you to Claire, one of Beloved’s dear friends. She recently had a milestone birthday, the ones that are celebrated with large parties and fancy gifts. The months leading up to the special day had been marked with her providing gentle hints to her husband about the type of ring she wanted.
When the moment came, he pulled out a small box from the right shop and she just knew it would be the ring. Except it wasn’t, once she opened it up. Instead of this glittery ring full of gems and sparkle, he had gotten her two pairs of earrings.
Both pairs were stunning and under any other set of circumstances, I’m sure she would have been gushing over them. Instead, she was devastated and in tears, while her poor husband was befuddled.
You may think he was to blame for this, and perhaps he was. However, she was responsible for her reaction. She got so caught up in the hope that it was simply impossible that he would get her anything other than the ring.
Beloved listened to this tale of woe with compassion and tried to help her see how it had happened. She is, after all, responsible for her responses and behaviors. She could have looked at this differently and appreciated how stunning the earrings were, not to mention they were more practical, however, she was too caught up in the web of hope.