Ram Dass once said, "Disillusion is the last illusion." When things in our life seem not to be working out as we had hoped or expected, we may be tempted to give up on our dreams, to settle for a cynical outlook. We hear people saying, "Expect the worst and you won't be disappointed." And we ask ourselves, "Is this the attitude we want to carry through life?" When things don't go our way, it's easy to let our disappointment make us feel disillusioned. But if we allow ourselves to adopt a fixed, negative perspective, then we have closed the door to a sudden break-through of insight or revelation that opens up a whole new realm of possibilities for us. When we become tempted to settle for the negative answer, we can remember Ram Dass: "Disillusion is the last illusion," and drop our discouragement and open our heart for a new beginning to discover itself within us.