Denial is Not Just a River in Africa

Real Estate Agent with DDR Realty

That anonymous quotation means a lot to me. I carry it with me everywhere I go. It is printed on a credit card sized card that fits neatly in the windowed pocket of my wallet. Every time I handle my wallet, which is often, I read those words. "Denial is not just a river in Africa."

I found my little treasure at a vender's booth way back in my high school teaching days during a break between workshops at an educators' convention. The convention was devoted to teen crisis intervention. Talk about depressing!

Maybe that explains why the saying caught my eye. I enjoy a good pun, so the statement initially made me chuckle. Believe me, by then I needed a good laugh.

After the laughter subsided, I got to thinking about the important message behind the pun. Denial is not just a word. Denial means you take things lightly. Denial means there are things you ignore.

Every time I read that simple message it reminds me to take nothing for granted. It's true. Denial is not just a river in Africa.

Denial is dangerous.

  • Denying the severity of your financial situation can lose you your home.
  • Denying the dark mood of a loved one can lose you your loved one.
  • Denying the pain in your chest can lose you your life.

Take a lesson from my favorite quotation. Don't allow yourself to fall into the trap of DENIAL. Believe me when I say, "Denial is not just a river in Africa."


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M. Suzi Woods (Gravenstuk)
NOW Sharing the life and spice of the GC one day at a time - Grand Canyon, AZ
Suzi Woods, Prior Independent REBroker in MS
Rosario, you "shore" opened up a can of worms, Pandora's Box, and almost wiped that smile right off my face. However, I also believe that the "Truth will Set You Free". Sometimes, a little procrastination is just what fits the situation, though. (Just ask my husband:-)
Oct 07, 2007 09:24 PM #1
DDR Realty
DDR Realty - Newburgh, NY
Orange County NY
Rosario - I definitely identify with this particular pun and one of the examples you use. Although I know that having pain means something is wrong, I denied the pain for quite sometime. It got to the point when the pain become so severe, I could not deny it any longer. 
Oct 07, 2007 10:31 PM #2
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital
Good reminder, Rosario!  I'm calling to schedule my annual physical today.  Thanks.
Oct 08, 2007 01:20 AM #3
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection
I can see why you kept that card.  Denial is something we human tend to do especially where health is concern.  Thanks for the reminder.
Oct 08, 2007 03:50 AM #4
Birmingham Alabama Real Estate, Stephen Wolfe - Birmingham, AL
Rosario, I think for those of us with an education background this phrase has a lot of extra meaning. Now that I am in real estate, it has more meanings. In life though, and thanks for taking it there, it is even more important.
Oct 08, 2007 07:12 AM #5
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