I have been working to get published for a while now. I just received another rejection letter. It was one of those rejections from a publishing company that I had a really good feeling about. Bitter agony! Okay, maybe it wasn’t that bad, but rejection is tough. For example,
When I try something, but my heart isn’t in it, the rejection is frustrating.
When I try something and my heart is in it, the rejection is painful.
When I try something and heart is in it, and it’s coupled with hope, the rejection is devastating.
My sister called that last one a miscarriage of a dream (relationship, job, whatever the case may be). After having a physical miscarriage myself, I think she may be on to something with that analogy.
Now, after that, onto something a little bit more inspiring…
I found an article by Elder Paul V. Johnson that was featured in the January Ensign 2011. It is entitled, Make Yours a Great Life and was adapted from a commencement address given at LDS Business College on April 9, 2009. I read it several weeks before my recent rejection, but found it again during the brouhaha. Each time, the message has electrified me, and helped me to “get back in the saddle,” creating new plans and a new direction.
I will quote a large section, simply because I think that it applies to the conversation –
Your future is not determined by the conditions around you. It is determined by your faith, your choices, and your efforts. Yes, you live in challenging times, but so did Mary, Moroni, and Joseph Smith. You don’t have to be carried along in the current of the times. The Lord can and will help you set your own course. The challenges you face will serve to strengthen you as you move forward with your life. Each of you has a bright future, a future you cannot now fully comprehend.
How will you face your challenges? Some people complain and blame circumstances or other people for their problems. They won’t let go of bad feelings. They portray themselves as victims and become bitter. They seem to spend so much time and energy justifying themselves and pushing off responsibility to others that there is no energy left to go forward with their lives.
Others seem to live in the past and dwell on how things used to be. They are so unwilling to leave the past that they don’t turn around to face a future that would be bright if they approached it properly.
Some people dream about the future but don’t do much to move into it with power. They don’t realize that what they do—or don’t do—now will profoundly affect their future.
People who go to work with faith, knowing the Lord will bless them if they do what’s right, are the ones with a bright future. The title of the last conference address given by Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin of the Quorum of the Twelve, (1917–2008) explained how these people handle challenges: “Come What May, and Love It.” Elder Wirthlin said: “If we approach adversities wisely, our hardest times can be times of greatest growth, which in turn can lead toward times of greatest happiness.” 1
Your individual future is either bright or cloudy, depending on you.
Now, it’s time to get to work, pick that snowman up and rebuild a better one. 🙂