Sit with me today and ask yourself if you have ever been rejected. I mean really rejected, back-turning, door slamming, get the f* out rejected? I also want to talk about the simple rejections that happen every single day as we live our lives.
Have you ever been dumped?
Have you ever applied for a job and not hired?
Have you ever apologized and had that person never speak to you again?
Have you put in a business or book proposal and received a denial letter?
In the sadness, anger and humbleness of rejection, what do we find?
A new way.
A new path.
A new resiliency.
A letting go.
Or holding tighter.
A fortitude to persevere.
Or a desire to walk away.
Rejection is a true gift, a branch of the gifts of grief.
It is ready for us to unwrap in every rejected moment.
We can choose our path with rejection.
We can envision rejection as a branch of a metaphorical tree.
Ponder, with me, how this gift of rejection can help us grow!
Perhaps rejection has come into our life because we have been growing roots in places that weren’t in rich soil. We may have needed more light rather than darkness. Or maybe something or someone new may have been needed in our life to bring us new living water. Rejection needed to create space. Our branches may have needed some pruning so that we could have new growth in our life.
All symbiotic and much needed in our lives.
Gratitude today for EVERY time I have been rejected in word, thought or deed.