Rising from a Stumbling Block

I am not concerned that you have fallen — I am concerned that you arise” Abraham Lincoln

When working towards a goal, there will be moments when you may hit a stumbling block. I had a moment like this last Friday when I learned that one of the medical schools I had applied to sent out their interview invites…but I did not receive an invitation. There were only 5 spots available at this medical school for an out-of-province applicant like me. Still, I was really hoping to get a positive response from this school.

I haven’t officially received a rejection and there is still hope that an invitation could come if someone else declines their interview. But somehow the news hit me harder than I expected. In fact, it felt like I hit a brick wall and my confidence in my abilities plummeted.  I decided that I had to tackle my state of mind and not let myself get into a downward spiral of negativity. Obstacles will come our way to test us and when they do, we have to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and keep going.

My brother encouraged me with these words, “Tomorrow is a new day and you are blessed…Let’s keep going until we find out where we’re sending you to become a doctor!” and my husband said, “This is not the end…you will get where you are meant to be.” 

I will now have to wait until January for news from the other medical schools I applied to. The wait feels painstakingly slow sometimes but I know that I just have to be patient. My prayer has always been that we will end up at the right place for my family and I to flourish.

It’s not always easy to talk about our obstacles and challenges, but it can really help to tap into our support network to give us encouragement when we feel that we are running out of steam. Rejection or failure can be such a discouraging feeling, but it is not the end. It is only the beginning of another chance to find the path to success.

So don’t give up, don’t give in to the voices in your head telling you that you cannot do it. You can! Don’t be afraid to talk about your struggles. We need others to help us get back on track and get our eyes fixed on the prize. Whatever your goals may be, don’t let the amount of time it is taking discourage you from continuing. You will get there eventually and it will be worth every effort you put in!

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated” Maya Angelou

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23 thoughts on “Rising from a Stumbling Block

  1. Well, your husband is right, you will get where you are meant to be. You are right too, obstacles will come, but hey, the victory at the end is all the more sweeter because of them, so yes, let’s keep fighting! You inspire me, Malaika. I know you’ll do it. ❤

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  2. Remember, too, that Lincoln was a self-educated lawyer before he entered politics. At my school, doctors liked to talk about ‘lifelong learning,’ which can end up being a euphemism for ‘lifelong board review’ among the cynical and jaded. Just as it is not enough to merely pass exams, getting into medical school will not be enough to make you a good doctor. But the experience of pushing through rejection to obtain an acceptance letter will no doubt make you worthy of the latter as well. If you are able to see this experience as part of your medical education, you will have mastered the art of lifelong learning in a way that Lincoln would smile upon.

    I wish you the best of luck.

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  3. All things will come in the time that God intends for them to come! Though it is difficult to wait, it is in that waiting that we discover our resilience and our resolve. I hate the word “rejection” and rather replace it with “at another time and place” because that is the journey. Don’t forget that there is much value in our journeys that will make us more appreciative of the challenges. It’s in the challenges and the darkness that we find authentic spiritual growth. This is God’s gift to us. This will come for you!

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    • You are so right! I like the idea of replacing “rejection” with “at another time and place”. It gives the sense that it is not over yet and everything will happen at the right time! Thank you so much for your words of wisdom and encouragement! 🙂


  4. Malaika, while these might sound as silly — sometimes things don’t happen for a reason. Maybe the future has better plans for you. Plus, you didn;t get a rejection letter! Head up, and keep going. We can only do the things we have control over. I’m confident you’ll have some good news, sooner or later. Fingers crossed and keep being optimist! Your optimism is infectious 🙂

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  5. Reblogged this on Dream Big, Dream Often and commented:
    When you set your mind on a goal, there will be many opportunities to quit. Perseverance is what keeps you going and helps you realize how strong you truly are.
    (please remember to leave comments with the original writer. I only hit a button, they actually wrote the post)

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  6. That’s right! There is still hope! As my parents always quote to me: You are more than a conqueror. So you have what it takes to move past this potential rejection and walk on the path that has been laid for you. 😀

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  7. Ah, I’m so sorry to hear you haven’t gotten an invite yet (knowing which school you’re talking about 😦 ). But yes, you can still get an invite until up to the day, so don’t lose hope yet! (though the rejections don’t go out until November, if that helps ease your mind). But yes, honestly, you’ll end up where it’s best for you; I never thought in a million years I’d end up at that school, and now I can’t imagine a more perfect place to be! Life is funny that way 🙂

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    • Thank you so much for your encouragement! I was hoping to have some good news for you about being invited to that school. But that’s ok! It’s not over yet and I’m convinced all will work out for the best. Just today I was reminded how much I have to be grateful for. I’m just taking it step-by-step and enjoying each precious day we have. Thank you so much for all your help and kind words! 🙂


  8. This is great! I love the stumbling block pic too! :-). As far as motivational speakers, have you ever seen THE POWER OF INTENTION by Dr. Wayne Dyer? I think he’s phenomenal and you’d enjoy him. Have a blessed day! Jeanette from jeanetteseasycreations.wordpress.com

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