Letting Go

If you follow my blog, you will notice that I now have a pretty, new place to share my thoughts. I finally broke down and got myself a real website. It was something I have been struggling with for quite some time.

This past year I’ve spent a lot of time taking inventory, trying to determine where this little writing hobby of mine is headed. I’ve been writing books for six years now, and my fourth book will be published in two weeks. It seems my writing is no longer a hobby, and having a place for readers to come and explore my novels suddenly became necessary.

For years I’ve struggled with a blog that was very restrictive. I’m not tech savvy, and simply put, my old blog was easy to maintain but not visually appealing. Yet, I wanted a site that was attractive and easy for visitors to navigate, something my old blog just wasn’t. I knew I wasn’t capable of building a website myself, so I procrastinated.

Finally, I broke down and hired a web designer to build my site for me. And that wasn’t an easy thing to do.

Why?

Hmm, I had to give up artistic control, and if I hired a professional to do the work for me, I had to trust him completely.

When I began this writing journey, I was in control of everything. I mean everything. But hindsight is 20/20, and controlling everything is not always a good thing because sometimes (well, most of the time) we are too close to be objective.

Slowly, I’ve relinquished artistic control, first with my new book cover, and now with my author website, and as you can see, my new website is beautiful, easy to navigate, and much more than I could ever imagine on my own. I put my trust completely in the hands of my web designer, and the outcome is amazing. He’s the professional. I’m not, and ultimately there is a sense of freedom in knowing your limitations and allowing someone with more knowledge and artistry to take over.

To take my example and expand a little, we can explore the same concept when we talk about our lives. We’ve all heard the phrase, “let go and let God.” It’s easy to say but not always easy to do. Yet, there is a freedom in letting go and trusting that God will take care of things. He knows what we need before we ask. He has the knowledge and artistry to take us beyond anything we may imagine for ourselves.

So just for today, let’s try to let go and let God.

Catherine DePasquale