Don’t Take No for an Answer

I was talking with a friend recently who applied to a doctoral program.  She was denied admission by her school of choice – she had not applied to other schools.  She told me she was not going to pursue the degree any further.  That was that.

I’m not normally the fussing type (I can see my husband rolling his eyes now), but I had to fuss at this dear friend.

Ladies, there are times when the world will tell us NO in no uncertain terms.  That does not mean in any way, shape or form that we are not worthy or we are not good enough.  There are other lovers.  There are other jobs.  There are other schools.  There is always an alternative.  Where there is a “Plan A,” there should always be a “Plan B.”

Don’t lay down and die!  I love this version of this song.

If you don’t follow your dreams, you will, in essence, die.  I know that sounds drastic, but as time passes, you will have regrets and that is just not the life I want for you!

I leave you with this thought.  Langston Hughes’ poem “A Dream Deferred” says:

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore–
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

Don’t Take No for an Answer!  YES is out there waiting for you! 

Joyful Radiance

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  • Evelia Panama February 4, 2010 at 8:01 AM

    Thank you very much for your help, this has been a great reprieve from the books,

  • kia May 30, 2007 at 4:23 AM

    i absolutely love that poem! thanks for this post.

  • Sassy May 23, 2007 at 8:10 PM

    That was very inspirational. I hope your friend takes your advice to heart. Not many friends would tell others to pursue the dream no matter the obstacles that lay in their path. I hope she realizes she has a true friend.

  • clotheshorseok May 23, 2007 at 4:04 PM

    Great post! Very inspiring and I had forgotten how much Ioved that poem, it gets me motivated! Thank You!

  • TuTu May 23, 2007 at 1:59 PM

    I love this poem. This reminds me that I need to get a couple boxes of books from my parents basement. It is shame because I have not lived there for years. LOL J & I need to make a storage run to Ikea…. 😉