“He who would learn to fly one day must learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.” –Friedrich Nietzsche
Each of us has had a moment of triumph when we transcended our obstacles and seemed to soar. Without a dream of what it would be to rise up, no one would do the hard work it takes to fly. Langston Hughes said, “Hold fast to your dreams, for without them life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.” Last week, Red Room asked its members to blog about how learning to fly. They wrote about the dreams that were so strong that they had to take the extraordinary steps to achieve them. If they had’t done taken those step yet, they wrote about what it would take to make them happen.
Red Room author Jeanne Powell's inspiring post shows how we'll achieve liftoff if we let go of what's holding us down, starting with our assumptions. Holding onto fear has kept member Barbara Audet grounded too often, as she explains in "Wing Building." And author Blair Kilpatrick wanted an invitation to fly (which for her meant taking her music to a new level). For Red Room member Christopher Lynn Cudworth, running track and field at a new school helped him break through and fly. Read "The Power of the Peregrine."
Several bloggers took our suggestion with delightful literalness:
- Jean Mary Flahive's father was an Air Force pilot who believed his kids should experience flying. Read about Jean's adventure in "Learning to Fly."
- We were struck by the decadent alcoholic just trying to make it across the Pond by the deleted chapter from Luke James's book Stairway to Heaven.
- Read how Joseph John Reis, Jr., got "safe to solo" in his post "Learn to Fly."
Three bloggers especially stood out this week:
- One last "real flyer," author Ron Cabral had never even been in a plane when he joined the Navy Air Reserve in 1958. He tells how he flew in "Learning to Fly."
- Coming back to writing after a hiatus made author Marcy A. Sheiner feel like she was flying. Read "The Old Gray Armchair."
- Author Susan Alcorn took a great leap when she realized she'd been wasting time worrying about bad things that never came to pass. We can all learn something from "We all have fears."
These three featured bloggers will receive a copy of How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly, Connie May Fowler's new novel about "a young woman who, in a twenty-four hour period, journeys through startling moments of self-discovery that lead her to a courageous and life-altering decision."
You can read all the Learning to Fly blog posts here. I hope you'll choose your favorite, and leave a comment letting the blogger know why you enjoyed it. See all of Red Room's past blog topics listed on here, and suggest a few more in the comments. Thanks as always for blogging!
–Huntington W. Sharp, Editor, Red Room