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Dealing with Rejection

rejectionI read something life-changing this morning:

“Rejection is a type of communication.”

from The Search for Significance: Seeing Your True Worth Through God’s Eyes

This means that rejection could mean:

  • You confuse me
  • I don’t get you
  • You don’t fit my paradigm so I don’t know how to act with you
  • I am overloaded and don’t have emotional energy for this relationship
  • You are doing something offensive and I don’t know how to talk to you about it
  • You have beliefs that I can’t reconcile and I can’t see you as a person right now
  • Or, for some of us “sorry – I was so far in my head I didn’t realize you were talking.”

None of these are bad – they are all perfectly acceptable responses. After all, there are 7 billion people on the planet – we are bound to hit a few people we really can’t relate to.

This opens up our ability to respond to rejection. Just contemplating this will help you respond to rejection with grace – both for yourself and for others.

1 Comment

  1. Jeanine

    01/02 at

    Very insightful!

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