The Gift of Disappointment
Millions of children around the world are currently facing cancelled plans for vacations, graduations, sports competitions, performance and parties. Instead, they are given stay-at-home orders – with little or no socialising with friends. It feels horrible when something we’d been looking forward to doesn’t come to fruition.
This feeling is called disappointment.
We have all experienced being let down, from the grocery store running out of our favourite ice cream flavour, to a friend who failed to be there when we most needed. While it doesn’t feel good, we know that situations not turning out as expected is a natural and expected part of life.
However, in this everyone-gets-a-trophy generation and where parents – with their best intentions, “snowplow” their children’s futures, clearing any possible obstacles so they don’t have to encounter disappointment and failure, can rob them of the opportunity to learn some of life most important lessons.
We may not be able to always control external events and we cannot prevent adversities of life, but we can certainly CHOOSE how to properly respond to it. We can control how we think about such events, and that we always have a choice to respond by reflecting how to cope with the presented problems.
In fact, without experiencing and confronting disappointment in an appropriate manner, resiliency and wisdom cannot be instilled.
Our children will experience disappointments in relationships, get passed over for a job that they really wanted, the rain when the picnic bag is packed… Disappointment is a valuable teacher. It teaches them to evolve and adapt in ways that will serve them throughout life.
Nothing compares to the warmth of the sun on our skin after we’ve been standing in the rain, but we can only arrive here by enduring the other side. So while this pandemic is causing tremendous anxiety and disappointments, it also presents us with an exceptional opportunity to teach our children real-life lessons that will mould their character and make them stronger.
More than ever, this is a time for us to stay united and support Singapore in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Please stay home. Let’s do our part in observing safe distancing. This is a great bonding time with mum and dad at home! We will be posting Youtube videos so you can still see our faces and stay connected with us 🙂
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our parents for their support and kindness during these challenging times. Please click here for our online support sessions via Zoom (parents only).
We will miss the children and look forward to having super-duper fun camps with them in the very near future.
Stay safe and stay supportive.
The Mindful Camp Team
Online Sit –
8th April theme : The pandemic has changed our world, it’s O.K to grieve.
Together we can overcome.
Yes, the Coronavirus has affected every one of us. We are all struggling with loss in some way and it’s normal to feel anxious and even depressed.
I invite you to join me for a short sit every week, to offer support to each other and calm our worries, so that we can better care for ourself and others.
This online weekly sit is offered free of charge to all – whether you are new to meditation or have an established mindfulness practice.
Over the course of a 40-minute session, a teaching is offered, followed by meditation (the “sit,” silent or guided) and optional group sharing.
The session is held every Wednesday, 9:30pm – 10:10pm. Use the link below to register and you will receive a Zoom link via email.
*You don’t need a Zoom account to join the meeting.
Day of Mindfulness –
Join like-minded individuals to sustain and deepen your mindfulness practices
Join us this Sunday, 15 March, from 10am to 4pm at the Swiss Club for a Day of Mindfulness.
This event is free and is open to all graduates of MBSR/MBCT , other 8-week Mindfulness Programs or anyone with a mindfulness practice.
Please note that this is not a workshop – participants are expected to be familiar with sitting/walking meditations.
Please bring your own lunch, yoga mat and cushion (optional).
The retreat has limited capacity and is offered free of charge as a form of generosity. Please be mindful and only register if you are ready to commit to the entire retreat. Do cancel your spot at least 48 hours before if you unable to attend.