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[Action Required]A win for your future self

[Action Required] A win for your future self.

Here’s what happens when you write a letter to yourself to read in 3 months.

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Writing a proper letter now to yourself to read in 3 months is not a child’s play; although having a child’s joie de vie is urgently needed for this task.

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

You read right, the best way to guarantee a win is to write about it now, presently deciding on its foretelling. Writing a proper letter now to yourself to read in 3 months is not a child’s play; although having a child’s joie de vie is urgently needed for this task.

Beyond journal writing, writing a letter to yourself is super cathartic, providing a place for your emotions to land as a gift for perhaps starting a more resolute future.

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It’s understandable that to write a letter to yourself may be a foreign plan. You just don’t wake up and think, “Hija self, let’s write a letter to you today, self” Why?? Why would you?

Well, unless you’re a character from Being John Malkovich perhapsIt’s certainly an object lesson in finding compassion for yourself and all the mess that may wiggle in your life as well as the mess that colors outside the lines of your life.

These days, writing on how you are and are not dealing with everything creates a space for your thoughts to breathe. This brings up the idea of gratitude. To stop and find a place for yourself now to write a brief or long letter to no one else but yourself is the most grateful act of checking-in I believe there is.

“A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.”-Billie Jean King

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So what happens when you open this letter? What’s the big surprise here? Find your letter, that you’ve stashed behind a photo and had a Google calendar reminder for you to open it. One thing for sure, you’ll forget what you wrote — 2 or 3 months ago, hence the beauty of having your thoughts, worries, wishes, and panics that were written down and sealed.

reading the entire letter in one sitting, with no distractions and reading most of it out loud, was the Win.

Today you’re ready for your own private opening ceremony. Akin to a blind date with someone you’ve connected with for months but haven’t yet met face to face. You kinda sorta remember their voice and stories and totally clicked, but now we’re ready to see who’s who and what’s what.

The moment I opened my handwritten 3-page loose-leaf letter, I started to cry. My letter, dated April 5, 2020, started with “Dear Felicity, I’ve been meaning to write to you for a while now…” reading the entire letter in one sitting, with no distractions and reading most of it out loud, was the Win.

What I read, it ultimately amounted to being caring, strong filled with self-love.

I was reminded that back in April — with all things considered, and were [are] dealing with: Being quarantined, fighting a pandemic, I found my way to myself. What I read, it ultimately amounted to being caring, strong filled with self-love.

Essentially, reading the advice and hopeful direction from past self to my future self is the ultimate win.


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