Just last week I posted about "Rejection" and my so-far unsuccessful attempts to have my stories and poems published. Then this past Saturday in the newspaper, a local United Church minister, Bob Ripley, had a column on the very same subject of literary rejections. He gave some great insights about the more general benefits that can be gleaned from something that feels so negative. One benefit he mentioned was humility -- particularly the need to acknowledge that the success we do enjoy isn't all our own doing. I liked this paragraph so much that I've decided to use it as today's Monday Morsel:
"Humble people remember their roots and avoid the heady intoxication of prestige. They know that accolades should not be hoarded, that applause should be deflected. If you see a turtle on a fence post, you know he had some help."
- Rev. Bob Ripley, "In Other Words" column - Kingston Whig-Standard, May 25, 2013