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Neighbors: Know when to let go

Hello neighbor.

I happened to run across something about Ann Landers the other day and it got me thinking.

Ann Landers, which was a pen name created by the Chicago Sun-Times for Ruth Crowley in 1943 and then Eppie Lederer in 1955, said, “Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.”

We tend to hold on to things, and some people, much longer than we should. We replay mistakes over and over in our minds. We cling to the past. We hold on to stress until it makes us sick.

Imagine how much better we’d feel if we cleaned out our closets and kept only the things that bring us the greatest joy, or said “goodbye” to those who should no longer be in our lives. We’d free ourselves to find those who really should be there.

Imagine if we could convince ourselves that what’s done is done, and then move on, lesson learned, to our next adventure.

Imagine if we could look at the past as a stepping stone to our present and future, not something that holds us down. Maybe we’d be able to forgive ourselves for not being as “perfect” as we’d expected or hoped.

Finally, imagine what life would be like if we could accept the stressors that come our way, stare them down and ride through the pain, and then come out on the other end feeling better than ever.

“We must learn to let go as easily as we grasp or we will find our hands full and our minds empty,” said Felice Leonardo “Leo” Buscaglia, an American author, motivational speaker and special education professor, who died in 1998. He was known as “Dr. Love” to many.

Think about it, and the next time you feel yourself slipping, turn to a neighbor, a friend, or a loved one and ask for help.

You’ve got some great neighbors here in the county.

Not much to tell you about today, but here’s what I’ve got:

FRIENDS OF ERVING PUBLIC LIBRARY will hold a fundraiser on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at the library at 17 Moore St.

Becky Hubbard, president of Friends, said there will be a mini-golf challenge. She said the Friends will set up an improvised course with holes that highlight different places (French King Bridge) and items (French King rock) of interest in Erving, which is celebrating 175 years this year. She said there will be “bits” of information spread throughout the course.

The cost is $5 per person or $20 for a family of four or more.

There will be door prizes.

The fundraiser will benefit the library and its programs.

THERE’S A NEW SWAP SHED IN NEW SALEM thanks to students in the carpentry program at Franklin County Technical School who spent the past school year building the shed at the transfer station.

The shed replaces the old one and will be used for the same purpose — it’s a place where people may leave items they no longer need, but are still in good enough condition for someone else to use.

Nice job, everyone!

HOST FAMILIES ARE NEEDED. The Program of Academic Exchange is currently interviewing families interested in hosting one of the international exchange students who will be attending the Academy at Charlemont this fall.

Students in the program are all 17 years old and speak English well. They have been accepted at the academy because of their academic standing.

The students who need a host family are Tobias from Germany, Yunfang from China and Morgan from France.

Host families provide a place for students to sleep, study, and eat. Students have their own spending money and medical insurance, and transportation to the academy is provided.

Single parents, empty-nesters and young couples are encouraged to apply for either a semester or full year.

For more information, contact Ann Newsmith at 802-257-4710 or email her at: annN@pax.org. Please do so as soon as possible.

Also visit: www.pax.org.

To contact Anita Fritz, a staff reporter at The Recorder, send an email to: anita.alice.fritz@gmail.com or call 413-772-0261, ext. 280 or call her cell at 413-388-6950. You can also reach Anita on Facebook at Anita’s Neighbors. Information to be included in Neighbors may also be sent to: neighbors@recorder.com up to noon two days before you want it to run.

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