In my life there has been a recurring danger that I’ve lacked the courage to address, until recently. Within my passions, whether it be writing, art or business, I would arrive at an intersection. It was a peculiar place—a place where my desires and my feelings of inadequacy would collide. I’d stall there often. My growth halted. I’d sit there loathing this awkward standstill. The stutter in progress caused me frustration and doubt. Why? Why must I linger here?! Why don’t I take another route? Stupid intersection!
Have you ever wondered why some people leap for their dreams while others dig their feet deeper into the trench of stagnation? Do the dream chasers have leaper’s luck? Do they have the “leaper” gene as part of their DNA. Or, perhaps the ones who leapt are supremely talented, know the right people, have a whole heap of ambition and possess an obscene amount of passion. Maybe. Maybe not.
What do the following phrases sound like to you?
· Youʼre fired!
· I want a divorce.
· Youʼre not what weʼre looking for.
If you answered rejection, you’re correct. Rejection is a clear sign that a door has closed, but more than that, rejection tells us that weʼre not where we need to be. It could also mean we are supposed to grow in a particular area.
No form of rejection is easy to digest, especially when our pride is hurt. And unfortunately, if we never get past our wounded pride, it will be impossible to make a dignified transition after the rejection.
When’s the last time you were discouraged from dreaming and encouraged instead to work? “Get your head out of the clouds, boy and get to work.” Or, “get your head out of the clouds, girl and get to work.” Sound familiar? Perhaps it was something you heard as a young child.
And, so we work…year after year. Amongst a maze of busyness, constant distractions, family and friends lies the tiny seed of a dream. We all have the seed of a dream, but forget to nourish it with…