Epiphanies

  • What, from previous sessions, has come back around to speak to you?
  • Which of the homework exercises have had an unexpected impact on your outlook?
  • Where is this path leading you?

Questions for Discernment

  • Is being humble a comfortable or uncomfortable experience? Can one have humility without being humiliated?
  • Why are we afraid of rejection? Why do we take rejection personally?
  • What can we learn from rejection? Is the lesson worth the pain? Can we get the lesson without the pain?
  • Have you ever been rejected for something, but everything turned out OK in the end? What can you share from your personal experience?

Homework Exercises

  • Create your own “rejection challenge”. Pick one outlandish request per day that you are almost certain to get rejected upon when asking. Keep a diary of how you felt before and after, and anything you learned.
  • Recall a time when you were painfully rejected. Is there a way to take that event and turn it, or your memory of it, around for goodness?
  • Recall a time when you made a mistake in rejecting someone else. Write them a note explaining why you rejected them then and what has changed since then. Send the note or keep it in a special place for the future.

For Contemplation

I found that people who really change the world, who change the way we live and the way we think, are the people who were met with initial and often violent rejections. — Jia Jiang