10 January 2014

Letting Go

Letting go can be difficult. But it is the key to happiness.

Let me explain what I mean.

As we grow up, we get lots of ideas stuck in our heads. These images and voices determine our lives and control our feelings. The biggest influences often contain the word 'ought.' Things ought to be better, I ought to have a better life/body/partner/job etc. etc. You get my drift. I'm already thinking this blog ought to be better but what the hell, I've started so I'll persevere a bit longer.

Take away the voice that says 'ought' and what's left? A realisation of how things are. Of how I am, of how the world is. And none of those things are the way I planned, expected or desired, maybe. So what do I do? I wish for something better. It's only natural.

If, however, I can let go of all that, and come back to what is, a very powerful thing happens. I enjoy the moment.

Then another 'ought' pops up and off I go again. Usually it's the feeling that I should to be doing something I don't want to do and stop wasting time being happy.

It's this constant conflict that makes us humans so interesting. There's always something that we want that we've not got, there's always that pot of gold at the end of our rainbow.

In Due Diligence, Jenny Parker has little opportunity for letting go. Her troubles come thick and fast, she's either falling into a dark hole or climbing up the slippery slope. That's what makes for an exciting book.

For the rest of us, let's hope for a quieter, more gentle way of being that we can savour as we go.

Here's another review of Due Diligence:

5.0 out of 5 stars Great debut,
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This review is from: Due Diligence (a fast moving crime thriller) (Kindle Edition)
A great debut novel that transported me back to Manchester; its landscape, people and seedy underbelly. The poor protagonist has a seriously bumpy ride in parts but she gives as good as she gets, especially as the story unfolds. She has the makings of a sort of suited femme fatale if she continues to develop in this way...

There were enough twists to hold my attention, and the sudden quiet-to-violent dynamics brought to mind the early films of Takeshi Kitano which is always a good thing.

Thumbs up!

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