Letting go

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A subtle state of melancholy comes over me as I sense things must soon come to an end.

That spark of excitement which comes with new relationships has deepened into something more; something that while in the throws of the excitement of adventure I temporarily lost myself in.

And while I’m just enough of a romantic to believe that not all good things must come to an end,

I’m enough of a realist to know that most good things do.

While I was at once rushing through with break-neck speed, impatient and excited to know what would happen next,

I’ve slowed down now.

Savoring each moment.

Wanting to glean the depth of everything.

Of what it all means.

For me.

For you.

And as the adventure draws to a close, there is regret.

But there is also gratitude.

For a story well told…

~THE END~

I close the book.

And look forward to the next adventure somewhere in the stack of books on my nightstand.

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That’s what good writing does…

Read any good books lately?

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11 Responses to “Letting go”

  1. Jason October 26, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

    It’s non-fiction but Jared Wilson’s “Gospel Wakefulness” is rocking my world.

  2. Kathleen October 26, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

    You got me. “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” is my latest rave. Wordsmithing done brilliantly. Even translated from the French?

  3. Louise October 27, 2011 at 7:18 am #

    Love this! I’m reading Ethical Intelligence — and enjoying it immensely (non-fiction) so no unexpected ending, plot twists or diversions — but very good read none the less.

  4. Ed Blonski October 27, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    A Company of Heroes edited by Marcus Brotherton. (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005K5O3S0/ref=as_li_tf_il?ie=UTF8&tag=buccomsboo-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399373&creativeASIN=B005K5O3S0)

    It is the story of some of the men who served in Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division during World War II.

    At the end of the book I felt I knew these men a little better – how they dealt with the war and – for those who survived – how they dealt with life after the war.

    Every time I hear of one of them dying I feel a little sadness that another of these great men are gone. I am thankful that Marcus Brotherton and others are chronicling their stories so we may learn from them and never forget what it means to believe in something so deeply you are willing to die for it.

    • Jonathan B November 2, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

      @Ed I was gonna put this one here anyway, but you might especially like it:

      Panzer Commander, by Hans von Luck. Autobiography of a German officer who served in most of the theatres of the war, much of the time under Rommel, and includes both some pre-war experiences and a good bit of his post-war experience as a POW in Russia and later a free man. I learned a great deal from this one.

  5. Jenn October 27, 2011 at 9:46 am #

    Yes! Exactly the feeling of a good book. Nicely done.

    I just finished “The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb”. Engaging read, interesting, but also a bit sad.

  6. floyd October 27, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    Well said.

    I’ve made it about half way through The Shack and haven’t had the time or driving urge to pick it back up. I will finish it one of these days…

    I think the last book I read before that was the Steinbeck book you recommended. I forget the name right now, but you remember. The one where the main character gets caught in the tide and dies in that concrete bunker? Oh wait, I think you thought he didn’t die?!!!!!!!

    • katdish October 27, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

      Winter of our Discontent. He didn’t die! Did he? Crap. May have to read that again…

  7. kateban October 27, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

    I have just read “Five people you meet in heaven” I love it and I guess I was over it for almost one week now. Need to go on with another one and hope I can get through with my feelings about the story much earlier. I am planning to read an old one entitled “Woman of Substance”

  8. karenzach October 28, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    Ghost on Black Mountain, Ann Hite
    The Cove, Ron Rash
    How Georgia became O’Keefe, Karen Karbo.

  9. Jonathan B November 2, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    Currently reading “Infantry Attacks” by Erwin Rommel. It was written in the 1930s based on his experiences in WW1 as a junior infantry officer, and was intended as a textbook for military officer training.

    I’m only a third of the way through at most, presently in the invasion of Romania. One thing I find very interesting, as a student of WW2, is to see the things Rommel identified as important from his WW1 experiences and how they influenced the Germany army in WW2.

    While much of the book is not funny stuff at all, being war, there is a section where he’s attempting to locate the missing horse-drawn kitchen unit…then attempting to locate his own company which has moved by the time he finds the kitchen unit. It cannot help but be rather comical in its own way though it must have been miserable at the time.

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