When the world says “give up” hope whispers “one more time”.

@pillusch (1147)
Mexico
September 15, 2010 12:29pm CST
I’ve dealt in one of my blog posts with the practical value of faith. This is basically an extension of it. First of all, I’m not sure whether faith is an emotion. I believe, however, that, if it is an emotion, it is one of a very special kind. It seems to involve both mind, soul and emotional body. Be it as it may, emotions are a fundamental part in the lives of us humans. I’d like to go as far as to say that it is them that make us human. A very common human emotion is that of frustration. It belongs definitely into the class of negative emotions, for the simple fact that it feels bad. However, that doesn’t mean that it is a useless emotion, far from it. Being frustrated means that you are not making the progress you are expecting to be making, and it doesn’t really matter whether you study for an exam or are setting up a business. Frustration simply means that whatever you are doing feels like you’re doing it not fast enough. A frustration is basically the emotional reaction to an obstacle in our way. Now, compare that with disappointment. Disappointment means that you have given up trying, end of story, it doesn’t work, I tried long and hard enough, can’t do it, you know where I’m getting at. So not withstanding how frustration makes us feel, it is essentially a positive emotion. It means you’re still hammering away……
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@ench815 (465)
• Philippines
15 Sep 10
I see an extremely thin line between frustration and disappointment but I'd rather be disappointed than frustrated. I'm sorry for disagreeing with you. We get disappointments in our daily lives but if we become frustrated with these disappointments, we can lose hope. We can say, "I'm so disappointed with what's happening" and it can simply mean that it didn't reach your expectations. Maybe, because some things didn't turn out right. But when you say, "I'm so frustrated with what's happening," it can seem that you're almost losing hope that something is going to turn out right. I think, disappointments are caused by unreached expectations while frustrations are caused by a series of disappointments making you believe that nothing can be right. Frustrations can actually cause depression because it is an emotional response. I hope I explained myself well and I'm sorry if I didn't agree with you. And of course, I respect your thoughts on the topic. I hope you don't mind if I share mine.
@pillusch (1147)
• Mexico
15 Sep 10
No need to be sorry, ench815, I found your response rather interesting, thanks.
• United Arab Emirates
15 Sep 10
I had some problems in life. I was going through a bad relation with my wife. And i asked for suggestions with my friends and all they told me was give up rather than giving me hope. But i have always been positive and never gave up hope. I said to myself i will never give up hope till the last breathe. I have been praying, imagining and thinking positive and waiting for a miracle to happen. But to my surprise i do see my patience bearing fruit.
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@pillusch (1147)
• Mexico
15 Sep 10
Thanks for sharing, edwardjoy2000, and 'keep hammering away'.
@cher913 (25831)
• Canada
15 Sep 10
faith is the basis of any type of religion and any type of relationship.
@pillusch (1147)
• Mexico
15 Sep 10
Agreed, thanks for sharing.
@Ramaditya (1227)
• Indonesia
15 Sep 10
It's nice to join another good discussion. First of all, let me open my comment by mentioning three important parts possessed by human. They are intelectual quotient, emotional quotient, and spiritual quotient. Frustration and disappointment are clearly parts of emotional quotient, because we feel them. We are frustrated because of, and disappointed because of. Actually, both can lead to either good or bad way. If you are frustrated, you can choose to solve the problem by doing good things or bad things. If you feel disappointed, you can also do the same like what you deal with frustration. So how it works? First, we talk about intelectual quotient. Before choosing to act, we will make a consultation with our knowledge. For example, I am frustrated because the girl I love keeps rejecting me. I can choose either leave her (because my knowledge informs me it is pointless to continue), seduce or force her (with our knowledge we can do that also), or continue on (again, if we possess the knowledge to survive and do more). So, here comes the spiritual quotient. It's clear enough that even though we possess the knowledge of good or bad, but those alone cannot bring us the best result. Spiritual quotient will guide us choose what's right. Of course, God's values and religion terms will play their parts here. About disappointment; I believe you can act the same just like how you deal with frustration. The difference is that people can see us stuck more clearly when we are frustrated, because we make the expression more openly. Disappointment, is the soft form of frustration, that's in my opinion.
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@pillusch (1147)
• Mexico
15 Sep 10
I appreciate your opinion, Ramaditya, however, I do not concur. An emotion is always a reaction ('emotion' comes from the Latin word 'motere', meaning some kind of movement/reaction to what's going on in the world or in our life). Disappointment is the emotional reaction to a decision we have taken, for better or worse. That decision was 'to stop trying'. I do my best to not allow that emotion in my life, because it would really depress me.
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@bagputza (504)
• Belgium
15 Sep 10
Good evening dear friend , well i was passing trought that sooo manny times , since i am a poker addict , this used to happened to me many times and i can't explain it , once i have lost 2000 € after depositing only 20 € and playin for more then two months and playin with alot of hope and been carefull , one morning i was coming back from club and i was pretty drunk and lost haalf of my poker bankroll and when i woked up i wanted to withdraw the rest of the money and give up , but something was more stronger then me and i haven't done soo and one month later i was having back the money i've lost.
@pillusch (1147)
• Mexico
15 Sep 10
Now, that sounds more like a roller-coaster ride than anything else. I sure hope for you to get your addiction under control, otherwise it'll control you. But I gues you know that, thanks for sharing.
• Philippines
16 Sep 10
Hi! Here's what I think... Faith- to me is having to trust someone with all your heart. If I don't have faith in you that only means that I don't trust you. It can also mean hope. Like I have faith that I will fulfill my dreams in the future. Frustrated- if I'm frustrated that means that I'm upset. It can change if I do something about it or if I change the situation to make it positive. Disappointed- if I'm disappointed that means I'm not happy with the result and I'm just gonna move on cause all my effort went to nothing.
@pillusch (1147)
• Mexico
16 Sep 10
So we basically agree, don't we? Thanks for sharing