I was off giving a talk elsewhere (and lots of thoughts about that to follow in the next few days). I came home to an ugly paper rejection from a mid-tier journal (don't bother resubmitting and don't give up your day job). It was a paper I thought was tight, and short, and good. It was the first paper of the new project.
And... of course followed the inevitable thought: I am a lousy scientist and They all know it.
Then I talked with my postdoc. Who looked at the reviews and his first comment was: I already hate reviewer one. And then he said: "these are silly comments". And then "hey, reviewer two liked it. And obviously the editor didn't." and finally "what shall we do next?"
And my spirits lifted and we shall resubmit.