The toxin that has the most dramatic impact on my life is the toxin of rejection. I spent the better part of the last month reflecting on rejections that have taken place in my life; ranging from small seemingly insignificant ones to rejections that have had me perplexed and depressed for many years.
I am not naïve by any stretch of the imagination and I am also far from perfect so I do understand that some of them I had my part in. However, that is where the reflecting comes front and center because as I can tell you that I have had my share of rejections that are at a minimum disturbing and curious.
This is not the time or place to reveal specifics since I am giving serious thought to writing about this in much more detail and I need some time to consider that.
Instead I want to concentrate on the ability to focus on the toxin of rejections in our life.
When we are rejected we immediately become devastated with the feeling that we are not loved or cared about. That could be the case, but it also may be a variety of other factors. Either way, we spend a lot of time trying to figure out the reason for the rejection.
Instead, our motivation to knock out this toxin is a choice we have in so many situations – to go into a negative place or to do something about it.
When any disappointment or challenge comes into our life we can choose to sink into a negative place or we can decide to make it a motivator for a hidden passion.
About 30 years ago I was faced with my first real dose of this toxin of rejection. Many images came back to me after my brother, Fritz passed away. For a while I soaked in the toxin and went to the negative place. Then I decided it was a sign for me to do something I always wanted to do. So I decided to begin training Martial Arts and today I am a 3rd degree black belt and still love to train in the discipline.
After careful reflection in the last month on many rejections, it is clear to me what I need to do.
Saving dogs will be my number one priority for the rest of my days I walk this earth. It was always inside me to make this my life, but after this time of reflection in many rejections swirling through my mind, it is feeding this passion.
My challenge to you is to reflect on some of the rejections in your life. Please do not over think it, but let the thoughts settle in your mind for a while.
I am willing to wager that they will send you in a similar direction. A passion will be unearthed and brought to an incredible level.