I used to hear actors and actresses say that when they didn't get the Academy award and I thought it was just a nice, classy way to hide disappointment. Then one actress, can't remember who, explained her feelings when asked by a reporter if she really meant it when she said it was an honor just to be nominated. She explained that it was so much better than sitting in the audience and getting no recognition at all. Being nominated meant that she was "good enough", her work was validated, even if she didn't win the ultimate prize.
Pockets magazine, a wonderful, uplifting, magazine for children. It was not my first rejection from Pockets, probably won't be my last, but this one meant something more than the others. Pockets works with a special theme for each issue, and in April,2009, I submitted a story for their July, 2010, issue, and the long wait began.
Five months later, in September, I received a coveted Hold post card. I grinned like a little kid! My story was "good enough."
Five months after that, today, I received the rejection. Disappointed? You bet. Crushed? No. Would I have preferred a contract in the mail? Oh, definitely, but... It really and truly was an honor just to receive the Hold card...