We visited New York City this summer. When in New York, people constantly try to hand you pamphlets, promotions or postcards - always selling something. The interaction gets old real quick and I began to feel like a real New Yorker in rejecting anybody with a stretched out hand stuffed with papers.
No mercy for these people! Nope, not from me.
If I said, "No thank you," they thought that was an opening to persuade me and would try again.
Sometimes I simply shook my head.
Most of the time I never even made eye contact with this; seeing through them as if they were never there.
Nancy, Joann, and I ate lunch at the NBC studios perched high above Rockefeller Plaza. What fun it was to watch the swarms of people rushing, hurrying, and dashing to get to their all-important destinations.
Then I saw him.
A paper pusher.
With his hand extended, again and again he promoted a bus tour. He'd watch the crowd, just trying to connect with people. Though he never spoke aloud, his expression cried, "Here take this."
And over and over again others rebuffed him. Rejected him. Ignored him. And I imagine more than once called him names. Not a pleasant job to have.
He kept smiling. What patience!
This was his work - to keep trying. No matter what. His passion.
What a lesson it was to watch him and peek into how it must be to have to make a living being rejected most of the time.
But wait. Isn't that a writer's life too?
That is when I knew I had to take his photo to remember his lesson.
Patience. Persistence. Passion
Writers will be rejected.
“Every rejection is incremental payment on your dues
that in some way will be translated back into your work.”
James Lee Burke
Writers must persist.
“This manuscript of yours that has just come back from another editor is a precious package. Don’t consider it rejected.
Consider that you’ve addressed it ‘to the editor who can appreciate my work’ and it has simply come back stamped ‘Not at this address’.
Just keep looking for the right address.”
“Rejected pieces aren’t failures;
unwritten pieces are.”
Don't give up your passion.
“You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer.
You send that work out again and again, while you’re working on another one.
If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success – but only if you persist.”
“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.”
God didn't call us to be writers to be successful and create best sellers every time we write. God called us to be faithful in the vocation he gave us.
Consider rejection proof of that calling.
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success
when they gave up.”
Deal with rejection with patience, persistence and passion.