The rejects blog

Sunlight illuminates cactus flowers in wooden bowl

Looking up from our circular stairway

 These are my March “rejects” photos. 

The ones that didn’t appear in the blog. 

The lonely photos, the forgotten photos, the photos not needed.  

Today the rejects come forth.  They come forth to vindicate all rejects–all the rejects of the world. 

Sunlight streams in on library books

 You know how it is with rejects.  Come on, we’ve all been rejected.  You can’t live ten, twenty, forty, sixty years without tasting the bitter herb of rejection!  

It’s the times when you don’t get a job you applied for.  When things don’t go how you imagine.  When a friend or lover gives you the swift boot.  When life refuses to cooperate in a friendly way (or so we think at the time).  

Spruce shadows on rock

 The photos are here to whisper something to you. 

Are you ready?  

Lean close. 

“It may not have been you–personally,” the photos whisper.  “It may just have been circumstances.” 

Tree shadows on the Huron Bay at sunset

 All these photos on this blog were OK photos, right?  They all made a strong statement.  They were strong candidates for Blogging Position.  Yet they failed to make the cut. 

But not through any fault of their own, I want to say. 

It was not the fault of the photographs. 

Chair on deck at sunset

 Instead, it was the Larger Picture.  They were not needed at the time.  They were not the Right Statement.  Their statement did not jive with the group consensus.  They were standing at the at the gate–lovely photographs, you dears, lovely photographs–but the gate never opened for them. 

Until now.  I am opening the rejects gate.  Photos, stand straight! 

Don’t let anyone ever tell you that you are unworthy.  Don’t let anyone call you second best.  You are gorgeous in your own right…it simply was not the time for you to shine for the world to see. 

Sunlight-shimmering leaf floating on forest puddle

 There is a season for each of us.  A season to shine.  A season for the photograph of ourselves to glimmer in the sunlight.  A season to bow and curtsy in the spotlight.  To let our gifts be known to the wide wide world. 

It’s all a matter of timing.  Yesterday’s reject shall be today’s shining star. 

Never fear.  Your time is coming.  The resurrection is upon us.  (Pardon me, had to add that last bit of Easter wisdom…)

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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27 Responses to The rejects blog

  1. I loved this.

    “There is a season for each of us. A season to shine. A season for the photograph of ourselves to glimmer in the sunlight. A season to bow and curtsy in the spotlight. To let our gifts be known to the wide wide world.

    It’s all a matter of timing. Yesterday’s reject shall be today’s shining star. ”

    It reminds me of the Shaker hymn, Simple Gifts
    http://www2.gol.com/users/quakers/simple_gifts.htm

    Thank you for your beautiful message today.

  2. Marianne says:

    Hey Kathy, when I saw your blog title I thought you might be referring to my blog. Talk about taking things personally eh? Haha….I haven’t posted for a while, but I am working on something to post soon. In my life, I’ve noticed, as you say, “It’s all a matter of timing.” Sometimes, things happen only when they are supposed to, despite our best efforts. You created a beautiful message with the rejects. I especially love the chair on the deck and the floating leaf. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. “Spruce Shadows on Rock” is in the reject pile?! Kathy, what ARE you thinking?

  4. Amy says:

    Kathy. I *love* some of these. My favorite is the old cactus flowers in the sunlight/shadow. I consider myself a reject, and I like who I am! haha. So, see? There is beauty in being a reject. Love it! Thanks for driving that point home. Amy (-:

  5. janet says:

    I like this perspective Kathy. Good reminder about the overall neutrality of the Universe…the non-judgmental selective process of living.

    btw- I especially like the floating leaf photo.

    And I’m reading this blog aloud to my enormous file of “reject photos” 🙂

  6. Barbara says:

    I think I’m in love with your circular stairway… And “Spruce shadows on rock” would definitely have been a keeper for me! 🙂

  7. Gerry says:

    Have a joyful weekend, Kathy – Barry too!

  8. Trudie says:

    I especially love that forlorn deck chair. Would have made a good statement on your return from Florida. Beautiful shots, all of them.

  9. Nicole Smith says:

    Dear Kathy, your tender attitude toward your hitherto-unappreciated photos reminds me of my Robert, the way he bends down and gently touches a blade of grass, or a flower growing wild by the road. So much love…

  10. Dawn says:

    This made me get all teary eyed. Because this week I got the latest rejection letter from my last interview. Being away from home it didn’t hurt as much because I didn’t actually read the letter, my husband told me it came.

    It makes me so sad that I can’t find work in my chosen field as a librarian. It’s really something I felt a calling for yet no one seems to want to let me do the work I love.

    But you’re right. My time will come, or something else will happen that will be just as right.

    Loved the spruce on stone and of course the floating leaf. Also liked very much the cactus flower. None of them are rejects!

  11. Jessica says:

    Love this post and it’s rejects. 🙂 Thanks for sharing them with us today.

    Jessica

  12. Kiah says:

    Ummmm I love you! And those that were cast aside.

  13. Cindy Lou says:

    I think you should institute a monthly reject photo journal – they were all worthy and this was their time. The cactus flowers looked like swirly pink smoke to me – took awhile before I could ‘see’ it as what it is. Maybe that’s what rejection is to a degree – just waiting for the right moment for someone to see us as we are. Thank you for sharing these….

    PS – Dawn, somewhere there is a library with sunlight streaming in on the children’s books just waiting for you and all that you are!

  14. Jeannie says:

    Kathy, Your ordinary photos are lovely re~minders that we are wonderful even though we are ordinary. Thank you. Much Love and Appreciation,
    Jeannie

  15. giiid says:

    These photos are all beautiful and good storytellers.

  16. patty sue says:

    wonderful! I loved each of these photos … especially the last one! I’m a sucker for reflections! btw – have I asked you what kind of camera you are using? I’d love to know! mmmmwwwahhhh! ❤ you

  17. Kathy says:

    Glad you all liked the rejects. Cindy Lou, a monthly “Reject” theme might just have to happen now that I’m about caught up on filing the photos! Dawn, I know you will get that job one of these days. Don’t lose hope! We’re all rooting for you. Marianne, I would NEVER refer to anyone’s blog as a reject. They are all reflections of where we are at a certain moment in time. Nicole, your Robert sounds like a keeper. Patty Sue, I am using a little inky bitty tiny digital camera–a Sony Cybershot 12.1 megapixels. It’s a cheapie $150 camera. Isn’t she sweet to show us what she does?

    As for the rest of you, I am too silent today to respond to all of you, one by one, but it means so much to me that you all paused to comment and offer your wisdom. Blessings…

  18. Snoopykg1 says:

    Thanks for sharing the rejects or photos that have not had thier time yet!

    Kim

  19. pearlz says:

    I love the leaf in the water with all the reflections under it. It’s interesting how we make selections of what to share and what to keep.

  20. Kathy says:

    Thank you, Kim and pearlz (all the rejects say “thank you, kindly!”)

  21. Leigh says:

    love this Kathy – very timely for me to read it. very good advice. thank you for your wisdom xo

  22. Julia says:

    One persons rejects are another persons treasures…from one treasure to another…I love you Kathy!

    • Kathy says:

      Oh Ms. Julia, it’s delightful to see you here! (It’s always delightful to see you wherever!) You are very right about those treasures…they can come from all sorts of apparent “rejects”. Kind of like the pearl in the oyster shell.

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