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Let it bloom by itself

“Don’t try to force anything. Let life be a deep let-go. God opens millions of flowers every day without forcing their buds.” ~Osho

Control freaks take note: The act of letting go is an act of personal surrender. Letting go requires trust and faith in the unknown. Letting go means admitting it’s not our job to keep the earth spinning on its axis. Letting go means allowing others to lead sometimes.

Letting go takes courage. It can be downright frightening to loosen our grip on a particular situation or a worry. But no matter how hard we try to manipulate an outcome (or insist that others do it our way), things eventually turn out the way they’re meant to. It’s a lesson we have to repeat until we finally get it. ~CL

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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