Letting go is one of the important things to do in order to keep positive and to be happy. Not so easy though is it? Well I have a story of how Laughter Yoga helped me through a difficult situation.

A new start

I was living in South Africa about 6 years ago and had just got an opportunity to work in Dubai spreading laughter and positivity. I had to leave in a rush and asked my sister to pack up my house and sell the furniture for me. It was all new and pretty much the only money I would have to start my new journey.

We put an ad in Gumtree the online community site to sell what we could. I was happy to get a call from my excited sister to say someone wanted to take the lot and she had been very careful and collected the ID copy and got all the necessary details ready and the money was deposited in my bank. There was only one catch that the buyer was in a hurry and wanted it picked up before 8 am the next morning.

Now, my sister Debbie and I are really close and in touch at all times. I had been checking my bank account waiting for the money to show so I could give her the go ahead. Then for some reason I decided to take a closer look at the ID copy that she had sent me. I clicked on it and found I could move the ID Photo lol – Oh boy, it was Africa after all, it was fake.

I got on the phone to call my sister, it was engaged, I emailed her, it bounced back, I SMS’d her it just wouldn’t go through. I just couldn’t get hold of her no matter how I tried. Time was ticking with Dubai being 2 hours ahead I knew I still had a little bit of time but I was still not getting through to tell my sister not to hand over the stuff.


I remember the feeling of helplessness as I watched time pass thinking that she was about to give him all my furniture for nothing. It was just crazy that I couldn’t get hold of her.

I knew it was out of my hands and there was nothing I could do about it – I had lost everything. I would have to start my journey with nothing. So I went to the IBN Battuta Mall, which is a great place to walk especially on a weekday. And it was as I was on my way there that my sister finally called me – saying the stuff was collected. I could hear her heart sink as I told her that it was fake and there was no money in the account. I told her not to worry and tried to make her feel as OK as I possibly could and I hung up and started my letting go.

Laughing it off

I put my phone on silent and started to walk up and down the mall with my phone to my ear and laughed and laughed as if my sister was telling me the funniest jokes ever. I did this for about an hour. Wow it’s amazing how it worked. I just thought about how the person must have needed it more than me – and laughed, I thought yay I have a clean slate and laughed, I thought how funny that he was so cunning to use an ID with a fake pic , I thought of what I would need to do to come right and laughed, lol I just laughed at everything this is called Mobile Phone Laughter.

Although I lost everything, through laughter I managed to get over it and I was OK with it. Debbie on the other hand never got over the guilt of loosing the stuff and is still so angry about it to this day. I am just visiting her at the moment and I mentioned this article and she got angry about what happened again and I just laughed and said Deb “Please let it go – I did years ago.”

The next time you have a situation that is hard to handle just laugh through it and feel the difference.

About the author: Jo-Dee Walmsley is a professional motivational speaker and an expert on helping people deal with their work related stresses and increasing their productivity by increasing their happiness and their resilience. Jo-Dee has been motivating people around the world for more than 10 years. Her sessions are designed to address the physical, mental and emotional stresses faced by people in different fields of work on a daily basis. Her techniques are guaranteed to encourage leadership skills, innovation, creativity, communication, quality and efficiency by managing the mind and creating a positive attitude through laughter and other techniques.


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