• A CATHARTIC CLEANSING

    This is Part 3 of “Lead with Your Heart,” a week-long series about letting go and moving forward.

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    Yesterday, I wrote about the risks of starting a new publishing company. I’ll admit, it’s been overwhelming at times just laying the foundation. But etched into that foundation is a solid commitment to press onward and upward. I’ve had to sacrifice plenty to arrive at this point, and no doubt the sacrifices will continue as Crow Books moves forward.

    Whether welcomed or not, sacrifices, as well as the act of “letting go,” are part of life. Learning how to “let go” is certainly one of the keys to maturation. Understanding the fears that surround the act of letting go is key to moving forward in life. This concept gets a thorough workout in Part-Time Superheroes, Full-Time Friends (Crow Books’ first release). Writing the book was exhausting, but very freeing. It was a huge purge, a cathartic cleansing that stripped away the mask of ignorance I’d grown fond of wearing. Insights arose at every keystroke, expanding awareness through divulgence and acceptance. The act of letting go was present in every step of the book’s evolution, culminating in the editing process. Arriving at the decision to remove passages that had taken days to write proved difficult and, at times, frightening. Inevitably, a new concept emerged as the old one was being discarded, and the resulting passages stood stronger than previous.

    “Part-Time Superheroes…” boldly examines everything from saying goodbye to friends and failed relationships to purging unwanted jobs and a myriad of material possessions. There are farewells to loved ones, parental issues, and substance abuse issues. Successes that led to failures and failures that led to successes both get thoroughly explored. And because the heart of the book chronicles a river journey, saying farewell to the idea of getting anywhere quickly also surfaces. When you paddle a long river, you do so on river time, not human time. You learn that any attempts to control anything are completely futile. You can’t control a river (or a travel partner) any more than you can control the weather. Dams and channelization methods are constructed with crossed fingers and thin hopes. In time, those obstructions too will fall. Rivers will heal and flow as they did long before we silly humans arrived on the scene to screw things up. No worries, though—wrongs will be righted. Nature has a knack for balancing things out, usually at the expense of the troublemakers.

    “Part-Time Superheroes, Full-Time Friends” has now gone to print. A pallet piled high with boxes is due to arrive on my doorstep next week. Soon, this writing project will enter its next phase: public consumption. I sincerely hope you will take time to read my story. It is a tale worth telling, and sharing. Thanks for your interest.