No is one of the first words children learn. No is a simple word that is very powerful. The week at work, I watched a lot of children win their competition and a lot of children be told no, they were not winners. In my opening meeting with the youth from my area, I told them on average 1 out of 4 would win at the end of the week, but the others learned so much through the process of preparing. 28 years ago, at the same competition, I was told no. But that no, became a lesson I would always be able to share with those who had tears in their eyes who were told no. If I had been told yes, I would not have the opportunity to share how I felt in their shoes. Now, 28 years ago, I did not understand the no. Johnelle Simpson, the speaker at the Georgia 4-H State Congress tonight said, “No is not a word that means quit. It’s an acronym that stands for New Opportunity.” That is so true. Look at each NO as a New Opportunity.