Last week, I told another writer about my “Rejection Jar.”
Several people liked the idea and added that they would also put together a “Reward Jar” since they, like many writers, need to remember to reward themselves for meeting various goals.
Not a bad idea, but I have to admit that I’m pretty stinking good at rewarding myself. The rewards I give myself look an awful lot like the little gifts I give myself when a rejection hits hard.
- I knit or crochet.
- I do a sudoku or a jigsaw puzzle.
- Depending on the weather, I get my son involved in a squirt gun fight or a snow ball fight.
- I crank the stereo while fixing dinner.
- I try out a new bread recipe.
- I visit the local labyrinth.
- I relax with a good cup of coffee and a spot of chocolate.
Why do my two lists look so much alike? Probably because the things that I reward myself with are also the things that recharge me. And especially after meeting a tough deadline, I need to recharge.
Thanks for reminding me how closely linked the two ideas are — reward and rejuvenate after a rejection. So what do you need to remember to do for yourself?