Some great advice from famous people about handling rejection.
From Denny: Have you ever considered that rejection can help you grow your inner garden? Hard to believe sometimes, especially when the acceptance meant so much to you. Time and again throughout Life I've found that my Rejection Angel was hard at work, leaving me perplexed at best.
Spirit often protects us through the process of situations or people rejecting us. It isn't a lot of fun the first few times it happens. It takes a while to quiet the turbulent emotions that accompany rejection to get our thinking clear to see the wisdom of The Why. Often, The Why is not yet evident and so we must wait for the answer to reveal itself. Be patient and let it evolve in your life. There will be that one day when it all crystallizes for you and you realize from what you were protected. The sting of rejection at the time was far preferable to the gruesome consequences to follow later - if you insisted upon pursuing that course.
Also, early in our spiritual development we are enthusiastic to share with others our bliss, our knowledge and awareness gained. Yet we can experience dreadful rejection from trying to do so. Many times this is because we have not yet developed the ability to easily follow Spirit.
We tend to take the generous shotgun approach and blast people with all we want to give without realizing that Spirit did not yet prepare them for our approach. Baby Christians, who are still carnal Christians, often do this. Take your time and develop into a spiritual person who is spiritual because they have learned the discipline of how to follow Spirit effectively. The body, mind and soul are all in alignment with the Spirit of God.
Too often the churches preach to go out and witness, teaching people to go browbeat every stranger's door upon which they knock. That isn't the meaning of the word "witness." To be a witness is to live it so fully that you are aware every moment of your connection to the Spirit of God. It isn't just when you are in a gathering of like-minded people at church once or twice a week. That strong vibrant connection never fades, even when you are alone or in a spiritual test, and is full of comfort, joy and purpose. Going out to witness is most about allowing others to witness you in your connection to God. It's a wordless connection that can only be felt by the person's spirit.
Many of these quotes are from people who are actors and writers, both fields of tremendous competition and difficulty. Rejection is constant in these professions, even when a person is accomplished and well experienced. Talk about develop mental toughness! These quotes will help ease that sting of rejection when you do experience it - and some will make you laugh.
Life's blows cannot break a person whose spirit is warmed at the fire of enthusiasm. - Norman Vincent Peale, Preacher and Author
I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. - Jimmy Dean, Actor, Singer and Businessman
I think that you have to believe in your destiny; that you will succeed, you will meet a lot of rejection and it is not always a straight path, there will be detours - so enjoy the view. - Michael York, actor
Don’t Take Anything Personally. Nothings others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering. - Don Miguel Ruiz, New Age Author
Life is a succession of lessons, which must be lived to be understood. - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Author, Poet and Philosopher
There's nothing like rejection to make you do an inventory of yourself. - James Lee Burke, American Author
Dear to us are those who love us... but dearer are those who reject us as unworthy, for they add another life; they build a heaven before us whereof we had not dreamed, and thereby supply to us new powers out of the recesses of the spirit, and urge us to new and unattempted performances. - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Author, Poet and Philosopher
True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful. - Paul Sweeney, Author
An objection is not a rejection; it is simply a request for more information. - Bo Bennett, Businessman and Author
Any man who does not accept the conditions of human life sells his soul. - Charles Baudelaire
Anyone who cannot come to terms with his life while he is alive needs one hand to ward off a little his despair over his fate... but with his other hand he can note down what he sees among the ruins. - Franz Kafka
In so far as one denies what is, one is possessed by what is not, the compulsions, the fantasies, the terrors that flock to fill the void. - Ursula K. Le Guin
Negation is the mind's first freedom, yet a negative habit is fruitful only so long as we exert ourselves to overcome it, adapt it to our needs; once acquired it can imprison us. - E. M. Cioran
Oh, great reviews are the worst. They mislead you more than the bad ones, because they only fuel your ego. Then you only want another one, like potato chips or something, and the best thing you get is fat and bloated. I'd rather just refuse, thanks. - Chazz Palminteri
Over emphatic negatives always suggest that what is being denied may be what is really being asserted. - Jonathan Raban
We keep going back, stronger, not weaker, because we will not allow rejection to beat us down. It will only strengthen our resolve. To be successful there is no other way. - Earl G. Graves
Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely essential. - Jessamyn West
We keep going back, stronger, not weaker, because we will not allow rejection to beat us down. It will only strengthen our resolve. To be successful there is no other way. - Earl G. Graves, founder and publisher of Black Enterprise Magazine
And the funny thought of the day:
When you can't figure out what to do, it's time for a nap. - Mason Cooley
The three best pieces of advice about handling rejection when it visits your doorstep:
Practice, practice, practice until you eventually get numb on rejections. - Brian Klemmer
Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears. - Marcus Aurelius
Do not waste yourself in rejection; do not bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
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