As Christians everywhere continue to observe the season of Lent, a forty-day period of self-sacrifice in preparation for Easter, Red Room asked its community to blog about letting something go. Given that the practice of giving up comforts, vices, or habits for a time or forever is a feature of many spiritual traditions, we wanted to hear stories about instances when letting go helped people to move on or to understand what is truly important in life.
The things Red Roomers have given ranged from fear (as a path to faith in God) to a house on the seashore, and from an early bad marriage to a beloved, if long, manuscript. For that last, we chuckled at member Len Boswell's epiphany: "When I’d received enough rejection slips to consider writing another book, The Writer’s Guide to Complete and Utter Rejection, which would have been a compilation of all the rejection letters I’d received, I decided to LET GO." Whatever bloggers decided to slough off, member Kristi Bernard shared wisdom that we'll take with us: "I've come to realize that what I have given up over the years isn't as important as what I can obtain in the coming years"
Two posts especially stood out this week:
- Author Douglas R. Keister describes the devastation wrought by alcoholism in the vivid, excruciating detail possible only from someone who lived it. His relinquishment of alcohol is all about "Letting Go, Trusting, and Grace."
- On a lighter note, member and first-time blogger Bonnie G. Roberts charmed us with her story of a couple of kindly-given crustaceans whom she had to let go. Enjoy "Some Gifts You Must Return."
They will receive books by Red Room authors:
In her newest book, award-winning television journalist and author Jane Velez-Mitchell (Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell on HLN) shows how Americans need to give up and let go of our addictions, both legal and illegal. In Addict Nation: An Intervention for America "is designed to be a blueprint for change. But, first, we need to wake up to what’s happening."
Clinical psychologist and practicing Buddhist Dr. Pavel Somov's newest book is The Lotus Effect: Shedding Suffering and Rediscovering Your Essential Self. In it, Somov "offers meditation techniques and intriguing thought and perception exercises for shedding difficult thoughts and experiences, anger, worry, stress, and feelings of low self-worth."
I hope you'll read all of the letting go blog entries, find your favorites, and leave a comment telling the blogger why. Several others caught our eye:
- Author Debra Darvick is doing her best to handle the fact of her college-graduate daughter "Taking Flight" as an aspiring artist in New York City.
- "Over the course of my life, I have given up chocolate, wheat, unkind remarks, visits home, husbands and miscellaneous other things in order to negotiate with fate." So starts author Felicia Mitchell's brilliant consideration of the idea, "If I Still Think About It, Have I Let It Go?"
- Member Catherine Nagle holds on to memories and makes do here and now while "Letting Go of the Summer Shore."
- "Chicken" is the metaphor member Merle J. Huerta chooses to show how she moved through "betrayal trauma" after she lost custodial rights to her child.
- For member Wendy L. Brown-Baez, letting go of a home that was and wasn't hers didn't happen all at once, as she tells in "What I Left Behind."
- It took years of struggling with anger and resentment before member Patrick Erwin was able to start "Letting Go of...Being Let Go."
All of Red Room's past blog topics are listed here. Thanks as always for blogging!
–Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room