As Thanksgiving approaches, we will all be asked to take time to reflect and give thanks for all the blessings that surround us.

But that’s something I do almost every day, so I want Thanksgiving to be different.

I want Thanksgiving to be a moment where I reflect upon something or someone who I have never really acknowledged as making a difference in my life.

So, I would like to express my gratitude to all the people who have rejected me at one time or another – for a job, for a promotion, as a friend, a partner, whatever.

You have made me who I am. Where I am. And I couldn’t be more grateful.

To the girl who made fun of my outfit in 7th grade:

“Geez, that’s cute. Maybe I’ll buy the same one for my sister. She’s in second grade”.

I am so thankful that you showed me the person I don’t ever want to be.

To the high school senior who decided to ‘uninvite’ me to the prom.

“If you’re not going to have sex with me then I really don’t think we should be going to the prom together”.

Thank you for letting me stay home. When I think of how you would have bullied me or tried to shame me when your night didn’t go as planned — I am just so grateful you rejected me before I could reject you.

To the guy who didn’t want to date me because I was ‘too short’.

“I feel like I could crush her”.

I am so grateful that you didn’t want to ‘crush’ me, cause I’ve got a huge crush on my husband. (And he’s a Sheriff!)

To the TV news director who didn’t hire me:

“It’s just your voice. I have a problem with your voice”.

Thank you for passing on my voice. Instead I got a job in radio – yeah, same voice. The number one newsradio station in the country, by the way. Until I moved to Connecticut and got a job in TV from someone who knew me from my years in radio.

Thank You For Rejecting Me

As a reporter, I face rejection almost every day.

It’s never enjoyable. But when you’ve lived through enough Thanksgivings you come to realize that not only can you survive it, more often than not you will be better for it.

Who wouldn’t be thankful for that?

Has rejection ever led you to a better place? Aren’t you thankful?

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