Forget waiting... letting go is the hardest part

What is the one thing in your life you'll never let go of? Your favourite possession, the person you can't live without, or the a dream you've held close since you were a kid? Now imagine letting go of that thing for good. On this episode, we're exploring the things you let go of...and finding out what happened next.

Learning to let go

What is the one thing in your life you'll never let go of?  Your favourite possession, the person you can't live without, or the a dream you've held close since you were a kid?

Now imagine letting go of that thing for good.

It's hard isn't it? Maybe even impossible to give up.
But life has a way of making us release the things we're attached to.

On this episode, we're exploring the things you let go of...and finding out what happened next. 
Airdate October 4, 2014


Winnipeg singer Emma Cloney lost everything - her house, her belongings and her sense of self. Somehow she managed to piece her life back together, in more ways than one. 

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Through his twenties Tariq Hussain's rebellious identity was epitomized by his wild, curly hair. So when he had to cut it all off... he found himself letting go of a lot more than his luscious locks. 



Are you reading this on your phone? Even if you aren't, it's probably right beside you. Could you imagine giving it up? We trekked into the University of Winnipeg cafeteria to ask undergrads if they ever did - and how they coped. 


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Last year Geoff Szuszkiewicz realized he was living outside his means, so he and his roommate Julie Phillips decided to not just cut back on their spending but to cut out spending altogether! 

They called their experiment the "Buy Nothing Year". But at the beginning Geoff didn't realize what he was really letting go of...(photo by Kevin Jesuino)




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It can feel good to let go of stuff. But what happens when you give something away that wasn't yours to begin with? 

Comedian Erica Sigurdson shares the story of how an unfortunate thrift store donation drove a wedge between her, her husband... and his Jii-jitsu sensei. 





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Rick Bergh is a former pastor and counsellor in Cochrane, Alberta. He shares some of the stories and lessons he's learned working with people who are grieving, and his own personal experience with losing his first wife to ovarian cancer.  




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There comes a time to say goodbye to the soother... the blankie... even the beloved teddy bear. But how do you convince your kids to "let go" of their favourite things? We'll get some advice from DNTO parenting guru Diane Flacks and author Chris Shulgan.



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Marcia Walker has regretted giving away her grandmother's bracelet every day for the past 20 years. We'll find out what she lost - and what she found - by letting go... including the surprise twist-ending to the story!




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Have you ever gone to the store, filled your cart up with stuff and then said "What am I gonna do with all this?" Gary Jones will tell us how he and his wife tried to leave it all behind... but ultimately paid the price.




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Willow Yamauchi always wanted to be a lawyer. But when she finally got into law school at the age of 35, the school of life threw her a few roadblocks.









DNTO Weekly Playlist
Emma Cloney - Lie To Me
Brasstronaut - Bounce
Rich Aucoin - Let It Go
Elliott Brood - Nothing Left
Stephen Fearing and Andy White - To the Great Unknown
Feist - Let It Die
Billie Joe + Norah - Long Time Gone
Michael Rault - All Alone (On My Own)



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