New Year Letter
My New Year resolution is to write a letter to myself, both younger and older. I plan to fill it with all of the useful information that I did not know or chose to ignore in my younger years. I hope to talk to my future self and remind myself of how I feel in the present about the person I will become in the future.
Perhaps you should consider this exercise. Choosing one particular event or difficult time is an excellent place to focus for the past and advising myself to let the years come gently and to allow age to settle in like a warm blanket in the future. I want to remind myself to not be too hard on Lezlee and that each day is a blessing, even if I can’t see as well and my bones ache.
If you enjoy this exercise you can download your letter to your younger self at Letters to my younger self website. Reading others words of wisdom makes you feel genuinely great about your inner thoughts and feelings.
For your future self-letter Jeanine Cerundolo of Tiny Buddha recommends you consider the following questions before you begin writing.
- What hopes do you hold for yourself in the future?
- What fears and obstacles do you currently face that you wish to overcome?
- What internal resources do you inherently possess that will help you, now and always?
- What goals do you have that you aspire to? Tip: Commit to the vision, but be flexible to the form.
- What is the ultimate and underlying reason why these goals matter to you? (i.e.: I want to be a public speaker. Why? Because I want to share my knowledge openly!
- What faith do you hold in your own strengths?
- How will you remember what you have to offer, and how will you continue to know yourself and your presence as a contribution to this world?
- How would you react if you met your future self? How would you interact? Create a sample dialogue—see where it goes!
- And finally: What are ways that you can seek to love your future self no matter how much the future varies from what you expect it would be?
In the end, we all know where we are going, and we certainly know where we have been. It is always a good thing to look back and ahead to remember who we are today.
Everybody’s got a past. The past does not equal the future unless you live there.- Tony Robbins
Photo Courtesy Happy New Year Wishes 2016