It was a 3 dimensional picture of a white Tiger and dragon entwined, or two dragons in combatant or a dragon under the sea, it changes as you walk past it hanging on the wall. Japanese dragons, symbolic of the martial arts, my sensei and myself. I just needed a wall to hang it on.
The next day was Monday and I was out for a walk. I looked up at an old building that had a for lease sign propped up in a dusty top window. An idea formed in my mind. I could open a school, I could teach yoga and karate. The real estate who’s name was on the sign told me it was only there to seal up a cracked window and pointed me across the road to David William's . The young lady behind the counter told me that someone had already put in an application for the lease. I was about to walk out when I turned around and asked if they had any other properties for lease and she pointed to a black folder on a little table. I sat down and started flipping through. When her customer left I said I was thinking about opening a yoga studio. She lit up and came out from behind her counter and pointed at the page I happened to have open in my lap. She offered to take me over and show the building to me, We had become best friends before we left the office.
She told me how much she loved yoga as we walked up the street. Also that she wasn’t going to be at the real estate much longer as she was about to spread her wings and start training as a airline stewardess.
An old Greek man was up a ladder doing repairs to the walls when we arrived. The big empty room was in a pretty bad state, with holes in the carpet and walls. It had been a gun shop but they had neglected the premises and to pay the rent.
I could see potential. Later I came back for another look. The Greek man was so cranky about what had been done to his shop. When I told him I was going to fix it up and turn it into a yoga studio his demeanor changed and his face lit up. He came down from the ladder, he was so happy and he asked me what colour I would like him to paint it. I asked for mauve inside and blue on the outside.
The picture of the Tiger and the dragon was hung on the wall as inspiration for my karate school. New carpet was laid. And my son's helped me hang my paintings in my own personal art gallery. I ordered blocks and bolsters and blankets, took out insurance and a business number. And I burnt A LOT of incense to clear out the smell and the negative energy.
I set a date for opening and though no one came to my first class, I did it anyway and waited for my first customer
Now 4 years later, 700 students have come through the door. My studio is more beautiful than ever with a giant Persian rug on the floor, stars on the ceiling and gold glitter on the walls, paintings have been hung and sold and most exciting of all, I woke up today knowing I am at last going to get my black belt in karate. Who would have imagined what would happen because I needed a wall to hang a picture on.