Tonight was supposed to be the first session of my signature "Yoga and Fertility" workshop series for 2016. I did the usual promotional outreach, mapped out my class plans for the four weeks, and began putting together a new playlist. But despite the strong attendance with which I have been blessed in recent years - and the dozens of testimonials from women who have been helped by the series, registration failed to meet the minimum threshold, and we were left with no option but to cancel the series.
I was (and am) disappointed. It has been so rewarding to bring hope and healing to women who are struggling to become - and stay - pregnant, and I wish I had been able to reach those who need such an offering at this moment. But rather than wallowing in defeat, I am choosing to see this outcome as an opportunity to revisit the formula and make changes. Perhaps an all-day format would be more feasible in this season than committing to four consecutive weekday evenings. Maybe I need to research new and emerging audiences. It could simply be that we all need to take a rest right now. The extra time I have been granted by the cancellation will afford me an opportunity to explore all these possibilities and more.
Next time you are presented with disappointment, can you welcome it as a blessing? Can you turn a failure into a growth opportunity?