The other day I received word that I wasn’t a good fit for a position as Corporate Storyteller. It struck me as odd, as that’s what I have done for 30 years. Actually, if you ask my siblings, I’ve been telling stories since I could open my big mouth. In fact, I’ve got my own infamous “fish story.” It’s my tall tale, greatly exaggerated (which in this case is a euphemism for a big fat lie), fish story. It’s a whale of a tale.
I caught 17 fish, I record on a cassette tape for my father, who was way on military duty in Korea. We used to send him tapes ( yes, cassette tapes, because Skype and cell phones were not even contemplated back then), of his talented little darlings to entertain him. My whale of a tale isn’t over. I go on to disappoint my father more. One of the fish is a 17 pounder ( I seem to be fixated on 17 although I am about nine at the time of my personal Pinocchio tale), I continue, through an exaggerated and newly-acquired Cape Cod accent. Poor Dad, I wonder if he laughed at my proclivity to tell a story or cried at the thought of raising a fibber. Just the same, my family can validate that I am very qualified to be a storyteller.
When I experience rejection now, I am okay with it. It’s not because I am accustomed to it as much as I accept that it’s not part of my path. Everything happens for a reason. Closed doors always end up leading to the ones you are supposed to knock on or open. Always. It’s a gentle nudge to put us on the right path.
I am taking a huge leap of faith following my heart’s desire to become an author and somehow make a decent living doing what I love. Serenity finally came to me when I no longer insisted upon my own will. I now pray for God’s. Because if there is one thing I am sure of, He always wants what’s best for us. I’ve learned to be extremely careful about what I pray for, because my prayers have been answered with many things that I didn’t need or shouldn’t have. This latest rejection is merely a course correction; I am good with it.
Every so often I think I need to stop the foolhardy notion that I can create a living as an author. Then I think about going back to Corporate America for security, but remember how insecure it really was. I’ve worked with companies that have gone into bankruptcy, entered into bad mergers and marriages, or took nosed dives on the stock market with bad acquisitions and horrendous management. Each time in the game of management musical chairs, I took a package rather than the boot. I may have told a tale or two, but I am no dummy. Rejection is a clear sign that Corporate America is no longer my rodeo.
Veering off the course of convenience or straying from comfortable to follow the scary calling of your heart can be terrifying. Do it anyway. Destiny waits patiently for us just outside our comfort zone.
Did you know that I am an internationally best-selling author? Not yet, but yet is always the operative word. I believe it and I see it and I know thoughts are things, so I am careful to choose the good ones. Anyway, that’s the story I tell myself so that the story of my life will have a happily- ever-after ending.
It’s better to die with dreams, I think, than to live without them.
We all are the authors of our own lives. We are the creators of our life’s story. So, what’s your story going to be? Think big, believe in the best and create your very own whale of a wonderful tale!