Saturday, March 03, 2007
I Threw A Party and No One Came
There's nothing quite like throwing a party and having no one show up from the Ultimate Blog Party family!! It is disheartening and perplexing, especially since I've offered a prize to one of the winners and left comments on other participating blogs! Maybe I don't fit exactly into the mode of a "Good Mommy Blog"? Ouch!
Oh well...moving on-- putting aside my food, drink, and offerings-- and enjoying the day with my loving, supportive family.
But NOT before I write on the subject of Rejection! You might even say that Rejection is a mini-death! And since life and death are two of the subjects I've written about on this blog (hence the title of this blog) and intend to explore in even more posts, what could be a more perfect occasion to write about life, death, and rejection?! Rejection is similar to death in that people don't like to admit they've been rejected--it's one of the 'taboo' subjects like death.
Why do people reject others? Is it because others have a different religion, skin color, beauty, talent, or social position? Is envy, jealousy, novelty, fear, and prejudice often the motivation for rejection? You bet! In any event, it is a great consolation to know GREAT & successful performers, artists, writers, scientists, and achievers were once rejected by their peers and critics, but they didn't let the rejections slow them down for long. In spite of rejections, the Great Ones persisted in spite of rejections! And many didn't achieve their success and fame until after they (and their critics) were long gone!
Here are some quotes about rejection which rally my spirit when I feel the sting of rejection:
"Through my illness I learned rejection. I was written off. That was the moment I thought, Okay, game on. No prisoners. Everybody's going down. "
"I take rejection as someone blowing a bugle in my ear to wake me up and get going, rather than retreat. "
Sylvester Stallone (This is a good one to remember while playing the song, "Eye of the Tiger"!)
"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."
"I submit all my plays to the National Theatre for rejection. To assure myself I am seeing clearly."