I don’t know your name or I would have used it because I’m not so formal.
My name is Joanne.
I know we’ve never met.
I don’t know if you like dogs or cats.
I like them both, but I have a dog.
His name is Clifford.
He’s not red.
I don’t know if you like the smell of rain,
I saw 7 ducks on someone’s lawn today and it made me smile.
7 ducks on a lawn…
It was oddly beautiful.
I sometimes suffer from depression.
I often suffer with anxiety.
Once, the depression was really bad.
At times I wasn’t able to put thoughts together properly they were on top of each other I couldn’t stop the memories emotions fears I worried about how the depression was affecting my career would I ever have a child did I really want to have one anyway because I want to travel make yoga a part of my daily life could I I’m not flexible money bills retirement should I go back to school Vancouver Toronto I’m getting fat Iraq War Osama Bin Laden… and there is laundry to do…
When the onslaught subsided I was left with emptiness
Then I tried yoga,
Yoga reminded me to breathe.
Yoga said, “Just be”.
And so I did that.
Now I teach yoga.
I share breath with people all day long.
We practice “No judgement, just love”.
Many suffer from anxiety and depression.
They feel welcome here.
You are always welcome.
No smiles necessary.
No perfection required.
Just come as you are.
I hope I get to meet you some day.
You are the reason I took this job.