Can I tell you a little secret about myself I am not a fan of the this two little word—N O. I avoid at all cost. If I think the answer is likely no, I will not even bother asking so you can imagine I have missed out on a multitude of opportunities because I feared rejection. Yet I’m learning more and more of the valuable of learning to express no to others. Elisa Pulliam’s takes the say no list a little further and advises us to be more watchful of our inner dialogue and develop our own little Do Not Play List in her article Do Not Do.
Another read that captured my attention was Jesus, Church and risking rejection at God’s Girl. I especially like these lines,
“Risking rejection doesn’t always have a happy ending. Sometimes the happy ending is the rejection. Because you realize the world didn’t end.”
There is comfort in being around those we share similarities but we often find ourselves thrown in unfamiliar situations, which can lead to times of great growth. Andrea at Arise 2 Write encouraged me to not to cling so tight to my comfort zone in Normal or Not.
Speaking on not taking the normal path, I like Susannah’s boldness to step outside of the normal trend of blogging sponsorship and walk along a new path in her post How Do YOU Fell About the Sponsorship Trend. I’m always impressed with how well she seems to do with gathering a community of supporters.
I could relate all too well with how Samantha describe her morning rush started in Slowing Down in Our Fast-Paced Culture. It speaks to my desire to live more intentional.
And I just can’t close out this week’s without sharing this one! Do you remember when you were in grade school and you got passed a little note? Jennifer at Ripplespeak does just that in pssst…passing you a note. This sweet sister has such a beautiful way with words that it leaves you feeling as if your heart has been hugged. I love this line.
There is something quietly and genuinely significant about you
There’d be a sad, dark hole in this living canvas
without you. – Jennifer @ Ripplespeak
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