Friday, June 18, 2010
The Heart of the Thing
Rejection sucks. I don't care if you have skin as thick as a rhinos butt, rejection still sucks. It strokes our fears and pokes its ugly fingers into wounds we didn't know we had.
You aren't good enough. Talent passed you by. No one will ever think what you're doing matters.
Those whispers can become screams. We shy away from the noise in our own heads. But rejection is not what we ultimately run from. It is the possibility that perhaps we do have what it takes and that just maybe we might have to show the world we believe in ourselves. That we may have to take the hand of another rejection and say to it, "I do not believe you."
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." ~ Nelson Mandela
That, my friends, is the heart of the thing.
It is who you know you can be, not who you currently are.
Use rejection, don't become its hand maid.
Jamie, this post is for you.
Don’t be afraid of your potential. Take the courage to follow your dreams, not what you already know or what is comfortable. You will never regret it.