By Accident: A Memoir of Letting Go by Joanne Greene will challenge, inspire, entertain, and teach readers valuable lessons about change and how to harness the power of letting go. Being hit by a car changed everything for Ms. Greene, forcing her to assess her life and look back thoughtfully at how she has lived until that fateful moment. In a voice that is observant and powered by humor, she shares her story, highlighting a sometimes self-destructive behavior that only became so evident after a painful turning point in her life. Growing up in Boston in the 60's and 70's, Ms. Greene got into the San Francisco radio and television and produced award-winning features and shows. A successful woman in business and a mother who worked hard to be the best parent and wife. But her need to be in control has always been in the way of her pursuit for inner freedom. This story documents lessons she learned and the tools she used to let go.
This memoir is not just a story. It is a tool for people who feel stuck and the author opens her soul to share her own struggle with honesty and clarity. She identifies the crisis moment with the following observant words: “Being hit by a car is not my first blow—although it’s probably the most literal—and it won’t be my last. But it will be a catalyst for me, a sudden graphic stop to my constantly in-motion existence, my need to produce and achieve to feel worthy of love, my need to control everything because I’ve believed that it would make me safer.” She notes that this experience finally opened her eyes to the startling truth that her needs have been masks. The insightful writing will have you thinking and the author's extraordinary ability to inject hope into her writing will encourage readers to face their own blows with equanimity and to hold onto tools that liberate them from within. Take notes as you read By Accident: A Memoir of Letting Go for it is packed with light and wisdom.