“You could be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be someone who hates peaches” Dita Von Tesse
I just love that quote! Recently when I did not hear back from a particular health program I was truly hoping to share my story with, I said to myself “I guess they just don’t like ripe, juicy peaches”! It lightened the mood and put everything in perspective for me. Behind the scenes of this blog I am often pitching myself to television people, brands, health stores, and even to other fellow bloggers. There is certainly a sense of vulnerability in doing this. I present my ideas, my passions, my hard work, and essentially myself to others in the hopes of being accepted and validated. I throw out my “pitch” and then wait to hear back (or not hear back) as to whether they think I am relevant enough or interesting enough for their brand, their store, or their television show. When they do show interest, normally their first question is “how many followers do you have”? Translation – show us how many people think you are interesting and relevant. If that number makes them happy you are “IN”. If that number isn’t high enough for them, the conversation goes dead. Rejection.
Something that can truly make us miserable is expecting everyone to jump at the chance to get to know us, like us, or be interested in working with us. Or even worse, we let our self worth hang in the balance and let others make that determination for us. I believe there is no emotion more painful than rejection. Temporary feelings of rejection are normal and a part of the human experience, but having a root of rejection is entirely something else. In my experience, rejection started at home as a child, so by the time I was an adult that root was so deep and so solid it took decades to dig it up. This topic is near and dear to my heart because I know first hand how this “root” of rejection doesn’t just steel your joy, but it can actually steer the course of your life. It makes it difficult to love others, it leaves you with feelings of inferiority, anger, suspicion, and depression. Some of you have never had much of a problem with rejection. To those I say you are truly blessed and to go enjoy this fantastic healthy guacamole. But to others who have a root of this painful emotion, I want to share a video from my favorite pastor Charles Stanley (who if not for him, I don’t know where I’d be today) on Rejection. I lost count of how many times I listened to it over the years, but if you are ready to dig up that root, it’s a fantastic start. Click to listen here.
Update: I did in fact here from that television show and they ARE interested, but I am wise enough now not to sweat the people who are NOT interested. When we can learn to blow off rejection life truly becomes that much sweeter!
- 2 Avocados
- 1 tsp chopped jalapeno (more if you like spicy)
- 1½ tbsp cilantro
- 2 tsp chopped scallions
- 4-5 tsp lemon squeezed
- Salt and Pepper to taste. I add quite a bit (start off slow and keep tasting)
- Mix all ingredients and enjoy!