Do you just hate it when shit happens and someone says to you ‘everything happens for a reason.’ Do you outwardly say, ‘I know,’ but inside you’re screaming, ‘oh shut the f**k up.’ No? It’s only me? Oh well.
This week I was introduced to the concept that rejection is a form of Spirit’s protection.
Rejection is only a form of Spirit’s protection.
Oh wow – that caused a major shift.
Of course, this is a form of, ‘everything happens for a reason,’ but somehow it it feels more concrete and gives me a reason for the rejection that feels better – Spirit is actively protecting me.
It’s not that someone doesn’t want me – it’s that someone is working hard to protect me. And if someone’s working hard to protect me they must really love me! Oooh – warm and fuzzy.
That makes rejection feel a whole lot less personal because it’s not about you – it’s about Spirit’s plan; and a whole lot more personal because it’s all about you being protected. Life’s paradox in action.
Rejection is only a form of Spirit’s protection. bit.ly/ZmVyxs
— Sarah Steele (@managingu) February 18, 2013
Whether it’s a relationship (surely the hardest form of rejection), being passed up for promotion or clients not buying a product – it’s not personal and it’s not about rejection, it’s about protection from going down the wrong path. And if we are constantly being ‘protected’ from the decisions we are making then we should pay attention to the message.
At the same time, we need to recognize the difference between Spirit’s protection, giving up at the first hurdle and determination. There’s a fine line between being lazy and giving up too easily, being stubborn and not paying attention to the signs and knowing when to get then freakin’ message.
So next time you find yourself suffering from the Disease to Please (a largely female disease) and taking actions just to avoid rejection remind yourself that it’s not about you not being good enough – it’s about Spirit doing what it needs to do to keep you on the right path.
I’d love to hear your views on this in the comments below. Do you find yourself acting to avoid rejection? How do you handle rejection when it does come? How do you know the difference between being determined and being stubborn?
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