Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Get Back UP!

What happens when you're told "NO" or a door closes that you really wanted to be open for you? How are you supposed to feel when you do everything right, follow the rules, turn it in by the deadline and you're denied? What are you supposed to think when you've done ALL you can and it's still not enough?
You HOLD YOUR HEAD UP HIGH. YOU, DON'T GIVE UP OR IN. YOU FALTER OR STUMBLE, (BECAUSE THAT HAPPENS ON THE ROAD TO SUCCESS), BUT YOU DON' T DARE GIVE IN. GET BACK UP AND GET BACK AT IT!
I write this blog entry about myself today. While exploring this journey of getting my first novel published, a successful literary agent that I really wanted to work with, told me, "No." She didn't provide any feedback or reasons for her denial. It was a short and simple, NO.
I was completely caught off guard. When I opened the message, my heart was beating a thousand beats a minute and I was a trillion percent positive that all of my hard work, effort, persistence, dedication, etc. etc. etc. was going to pay off and put me on the road to publication. But the message was the opposite. She said, No.
I sat in my chair, lifeless, staring at the computer screen as if the words would scramble up and form the words I wanted to read. Something celebratory and not rejecting. But nothing happened. I imagined making it past 1st, 2nd and 3rd base, only to be struck out and told to return back to the pitchers mount. A SWING AND A MISS! What a terrible hit to my ego? Can you relate to how I was feelings?
But there is HOPE. I honestly couldn't remain down for too long. My little bruised heart beat faintly inside of me, but I REFUSE to give up. My passion is just to great. My purpose propels me to greatness. And my pride pushes me to accomplish my goal in this face of this opposition.
So, for some of you in a position like myself today, hold on. Keep your head up HIGH. Keep thinking and speaking positive. Hide if you must, but only for a little while. Get back up, brush yourself off and GO. Something great is going to come out of this!!! Something great for YOU and something great for ME!!! Allow me to encourage you as I encourage myself. And wait for me at the finish line. I would like for us to CELEBRATE together.
Dev B.

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