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edu180atl: peter myer 9.25.12

Rejection is painful. Today I recognized that rejection is part of life. Attitude towards rejection is simply everything. If you have ever had to cope with the discouraging reality of rejection, then this lesson is for you. Rejection is not a word: it is not a thing: it is an opportunity. Rejection supplies the opportunity to grow. Whether we choose to take advantage of this option is on us, but this choice can make the difference in everything. Whether you don’t make the cut for a team or organization: whether you don’t get accepted into the college you desire to: whether you just get straight up shut down by a cute girl… move on. There are numerous components and aspects of our lives that we cannot control. I have learned that there have been, currently are, and will continue to be impediments in life. If we choose to sulk over these rejections, in which we have no control over, we are only hurting ourselves. So, I see it as a shock, a wake up call leading to so much more saying “If you can’t control it, don’t worry about it”. Rejection only provides fuel to my persistent attitude in life. Attitudes towards rejection are everything. Look for that light at the end of the tunnel. Without rejection there cannot be success. So what did I learn today? Rejection is painful. Attitude is painless.  Respond to rejection with your chin up, never allowing it to defeat you from obtaining your goals.

About the author:  I am an 11th grader at holy innocents’. I love learning. I am an eagle scout, I play 4 instruments and I love my family and friends. 

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  1. Peter,

    This is such a powerful post. There is so much talk these days in education about embracing failure, but I often wonder if those words recognize the reality of life for most high school students driven to succeed and fearful that any errant grade will derail them on that path to success. I keep thinking to myself that it’s our job as educators to help change the system so that it’s not so focused on the end result, on success. I don’t think it’s fair to ask kids to embrace failure if the system still penalizes them when they fail. Then all we’d be teaching kids is to distrust or worse to be apathetic.

    Frankly, it’s easy from the cheap seats where we teachers sit to encourage students to embrace failure. But parents in the dugout and kids in the game are desperate to win, and so I often wince when I hear that kind of bumper sticker encouragement to welcome failure.

    But what you write about is meeting rejection head on and building resilience. You don’t shirk away from noting that there will be pain. Real pain. But you also emphasize that all of life is process. Don’t focus on the end, the finish line. Focus on the pace, the obstacles, the next hurdle ahead. Your post really resonated for me. Thank you.

    I miss seeing you on Fridays! It was good at least to hear your writing voice.

    Best,
    Mrs. Chesser

    September 25, 2012
  2. Peter, What a powerful lesson to learn over and over again. “Rejection is not a word: it is not a thing: it is an opportunity. Rejection supplies the opportunity to grow.” How we model persistence lights a path for others. Thank you for the reminder and the inspiration!

    September 26, 2012
  3. Peter Myer #

    Thank you for your thoughtful response. I am glad you enjoyed it! Your words mean a lot! Thank you 🙂

    September 26, 2012
  4. Peter–what Mrs. Chesser said. Well done.
    Dr. Swann

    September 26, 2012
  5. Rick Betts #

    Wonderful entry, Peter! Maturity beyond your years!
    Rick Betts

    September 28, 2012
  6. Gérard #

    Gracias por me haber mandado tu blog. ¡Estoy muy orgulloso de ti!

    October 30, 2012

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