One “No” Closer to “Yes”!

I got my first rejection e-mail!  And it excited me!  Huh?  I want to teach yoga and breathing techniques to refugee women and children. I believe it is an excellent tool for empowerment, healing, and over all mental and physical health.  In my work with refugees in Phoenix and Cape Town, I heard so many horrific stories of trauma, struggle, depression, loss—yoga practices are a practical tool for overcoming these difficult life circumstances.

A few weeks ago I sent out a few e-mails to different organizations in Washington and Cape Town, offering my service as a yoga instructor (for free). I poured my heart out and explained why they need this.  I’ve been waiting, waiting, waiting to hear back. And finally, I did!  And they said they weren’t looking for a yoga instructor.  This is great news.  I am expecting to hear a lot of “No’s” over the next few years as I start throwing my ideas and dreams out in the open. I knew I was going to hear some “no’s” before I start finding my “yes’s”. So, I got my first “no” out of the way and I’m one “no” closer to a yes!  Sweet!

Don’t worry though.  I didn’t just accept the “no” and move on.  I changed my approach and went back again. “If at first you don’t succeed, pick yourself up and try again.”  Thanks, Brandy.

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5 thoughts on “One “No” Closer to “Yes”!

  1. Julie

    It was good. Tim Robbins was the bad guy. At the end, I felt like any resentments that I held against people were so inconsequential. And, forgiveness truly sets us free.

    • The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was something else. It was interesting to hear different perspectives on it last year. I personally think played a huge role in preventing a blood bath in the 90’s. The struggle continues though. There was a push to build apartment buildings in our neighborhood to allow some of the residents who had been forced out to return. It was interesting to see how it played out– current residents weren’t so keen on the idea. South Africa has come a long way and there has been a lot of forgiveness and reconciliation. You can still feel the oppression though–but I guess this is true of most places. I just read an article about a group of Americans being up in arms because a group of muslim employees at a poultry factory opted to have Eid off rather than labor day. “Our Christian nation is being taken over by Extremist Muslims!” I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. I suppose we just we just keep on keepin’ on and working towards love.

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