New Book HOLDING ON LOOSELY: Opening My Hands, Lightening My Load, and Seeing Something Else (Carpenter’s Son Publishing, an imprint of Clovercroft Publishing) by Dana Knox Wright of Llano, Texas, teaches women how to let go of things that tend to hold them back in life in order to live life to the fullest while there is still plenty of time. “A gentle reminder to all women who feel the same when reading these stories,” says Tara Royer Steele, author, Eat, Pie, Love.
Life––from its very first breath––looks like this. Hold. Unhand. Repeat. “I can’t remember a time when I didn’t cling,” says Wright. “It seems I’m hardwired for it. It’s made change––most any kind of change––all the more difficult. It’s made me hard headed when I needed to learn a lesson, and trust me, I’ve needed to learn many.”
Today we are overly busy helicopter parents, control freaks, perfectionists, intolerants, over-consumers and social media junkies––who worry, fear, laugh less and always want more. In the midst of it, we wonder what it would feel like to open our hands and turn loose of it.
Have you ever found yourself harboring things that have bothered you for years? Things that tend to hold you back and shut you down? Grab a cup of tea, settle into your favorite chair, and discover the secret to letting go.
Through a series of warm and engaging stories, Wright in a particular season of her life, invites readers inside her personal journey of discovery and the lessons learned. Stories filled with insightful wisdom she hopes will inspire all women to give themselves permission let go of things that tend to hold them back in order to see something else, regardless of age.
“In the pages of Holding on Loosely, Dana’s comforting voice speaks truth that may not always be comfortable––but is greatly needed,” said Ronne Rock, author of One Woman Can Change the World. Further adding, “You’ll come away inspired to live with greater understanding and ultimate peace.”
This is one woman’s history of holding on and her stories of turning loose. A book that could not have been written in her twenties or her thirties. Nor could it have been written in her forties. These individual stories were actually meant to be a whole. Together they weave a bigger picture.
Wright has learned to expand on life and not diminish activity because of age. She has learned how to walk through a season, turning loose of things, and creating new adventures. She has embraced age and waging war against her comfort zone.
Furthermore, she learned how to turn loose of her children when they asked for a blessing to go; to turn loose of someone else’s ideas, when she didn’t trust her own; to stop shutting down for days while clinging to fear; to holding on to prejudice when she would tell you she didn’t; to clinging to youthfulness as if what would come next couldn’t be her life’s cherry on top.
Holding on Loosely was written to inspire, teach, and encourage all women to rethink life. To learn how to turn loose of things we tend to harbor over the different seasons of being a women; to turn loose of pretension; to turn loose of one’s comfort zone; to turn loose of differences; and to turn loose of what’s now for what’s next.
Books are available online and bookstores.
To learn more, visit: danaknoxwright.com
About Dana Knox Wright
Dana Knox Wright began letting go of fear at fifty. It’s the decade where, in an odd twist, Sandra Bullock asked for her autograph—the decade she began hiking to places with seriously wild animals, rafting in crazy rivers and eating wild blackberries with only mild concern rabid foxes eat from the plants, too. After a long career in radio voiceover, she found a passion for spreading goodness and living to the full. She has offered readers encouragement, hope and sisterhood for almost ten years through her essays published on her blog. Dana holds a degree in Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin, and is the author of Saving Stories: Afternoons with Darrell (2017). She is the mother of three adult children and three grandchildren, and currently lives in a small river town in the Texas Hill Country with her husband and an English Mastiff named Pearl.