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Poem-A Letter to My Future Self-Response to Brenda’s Word Prompt-Week 24

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Writing to your future self

Writing to your future self

Word Prompts Help Creativity ~Week 24- ‘Letter’

Brenda Arledge, our fellow hubber and talented poet, gives us a word prompt every week to inspire our creativity. Using this word prompt, we can create a poem, short story, song or any combination. We have great fun trying to create different responses to the word prompt. We also get to read the creative output of our hubber friends.

This Week's Word Prompt-'Letter'

This week Brenda gave us the word prompt ‘Letter’. When I saw the week’s word prompt, I remembered an incident that occurred at my home the other day. When I was tidying the cupboards in my room, I came upon an old box. In this I had stored some letters. I opened the letters with increasing curiosity. When I read the letters, I remembered that I had written those letters to myself. During a class on self-improvement that we had during a training program in college, we had an exercise in which we had to write a letter to our future self.

Life is, to some extent, an extended dialogue with your future self about how exactly you are going to let yourself down over the coming years.

— Charles Yu

How the Word Prompt Inspired me to Write this poem

Our instructor spoke on the various benefits of writing to oneself. He said that it was a good method to remove stress and become more productive. When we write about our fears, we can also find methods to eliminate those fears. We can work towards improving our weaknesses and concentrating on the strengths. It could help us to learn and progress, become more creative. It also help in healing. Constantly trying to improve ourselves makes us successful and happy. Writing to oneself is a form of therapy.

I was really fascinated by this idea. I started writing a letter to myself every day listing the events of the day. What were the challenges that I faced that day and how I addressed them? How successful I was in solving the problems. What were the difficulties that I could not overcome? I had simply poured out my heart in those letters. This exercise continued for a few years. But later due to the hustle and bustle of daily life I stopped writing the letters. Now when I think about it, the habit was really rewarding. I realized that I was much more productive and happier when I wrote those letters. In this daily grind we hardly find time for ourselves. There is always something more important that takes up our time.


The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.

— Marcel Pagnol

Advantages of Writing Letters to your Future Self

Allocating at least ten or fifteen minutes at the end of the day to oneself is imperative. Self-reflection leads to self-awareness. It helps us in setting goals and making efforts to achieve those goals. Later in the future when we read the letter we wrote in the past, we can assess our progress comparing with the present reality. It is also an insight into our inner thoughts, hopes and aspirations at that time. We can connect with our past self, get over the fears insecurities and attain calmness and direction in life.

Now I have decided to start this process all over again. Things are easier now. Just open the link given in the reference section, type out the letter, set a date and send. The email id has to be verified. And just forget about it but be prepared to be amazed when you receive this letter from yourself. This is a a very good resource to help us in this good habit.

Embrace who you are and your divine purpose. Identify the barriers in your life, and develop discipline, courage and the strength to permanently move beyond them, and keep moving forward.

— Germany Kent

Letter-An Acrostic Poem

Letter you write to yourself

Every day in the future to read

Time to realize your worth

Take hindrances in your stride

Eliminate the fears and

Resolve never to give up

Write to remove fear

Write to remove fear

Poem-A letter to my Future Self

Dear future me

Right now, life may seem challenging

Burdens seem to weigh you down

It is all a matter of balancing

Not letting yourself drown.


Don’t feel that you are stuck

You can make your choices

You can recreate and reconstruct

Rise and pick up the pieces.

Concentrate on your strengths

Think new thoughts, get new ideas

Learn new things, grow new connects

Begin each day with gratitude

Pray that every new day new tidings brings.


No matter how hard today maybe

Tomorrow is a fresh start

Never look back, the best way to be

Is to be wise and follow your heart.

Have a purpose, Set your vision

Achieve it with determination

Don’t hold back give your best

Remain focused you will be blessed.


Life is a journey full of scope

Enjoy the adventures, have fun

There is a lot for you to hope

You are not one to be overdone.

Nothing in this world is permanent

Today life may seem dreary

But one day this too shall pass

What is important is that

You decide never to look back.


We are all not perfect

Our mistakes we must accept

Work to renew ourselves

Set new goals to achieve

Don’t let scars of the past

Its dreadful shadow cast

Connect with your inner self

There is only joy there for yourself.

Reference

https://www.futureme.org/

© 2021 VIDYA D SAGAR

Comments

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 11, 2021:

Thanks Lora, for the kind comments. I am glad you liked my response. Rightly said, these letters help us set goals and by comparing both version of ourselves, we can gauge the progress made. Have a great day ahead, stay blessed

Lora Hollings on August 10, 2021:

What a creative idea,Vidya. Writing a letter to my future self. It is a great exercise for us to think about how we want our life to unfold in the future and creating new goals for ourselves. It can get us into a very productive mind set and help us to think more about the present and our future selves and less about the past which many times can keep us from moving forward. I loved your poem, too. You did a wonderful job with this prompt. Blessings, Lora

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 09, 2021:

Thanks Linda for the visit and comments. I am glad you enjoyed the poem. Yes, writing to ourselves can motivate and encourage us when our spirits are down. Have a great week, stay blessed.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on August 09, 2021:

I love your idea of writing to our future self. Thanks for sharing the idea and your enjoyable poetry.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 09, 2021:

Hi Flourish, thanks for the encouraging comments. I am glad you liked my poems. Yes letter writing has become rare now. Yes letters to our future self can be encouraging and inspire us when we feel low.Havw a great day, stay blessed Flourish.

FlourishAnyway from USA on August 09, 2021:

So many people have dropped the letter writing habit. Your idea of writing a letter to oneself is a good one, and I liked your poems. The encouragement you provide your future self may be just what you need some day.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 08, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada, thanks for the kind comments. I am glad you like reading my poems. Writing to oneself has immense health benefits I heard and the surprise and joy when you receive the letter at a future date is great. I love reading your work too and look forward to your response every time.Have a great day, stay blessed.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 08, 2021:

Thanks for the visit and kind comments Ravi. Much appreciated. The fast paced technology makes communication so much faster nowadays. We don't have the patience to sit and write letters when messages can be delivered witthin a blink of an eye. But a letter can also help in introspection as you mentioned, especially when you receive from yourself. You can compare the past you and the present you and gauge how much you have progressed Have a great day, stay blessed.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 08, 2021:

Thanks Nithya. I appreciate your visit and comments. The art of writing letters is slowing fading away. It had a charm of its own. Writing to oneself has great benefits I heard. I am also planning to do it again. Have a great day, stay blessed.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 08, 2021:

Thanks Manatita. I appreciate your kind comments. Means a lot to me. Living with gratitude adds meaning to life. I am glad you liked the quotes. Have a great week ahead. Stay blessed.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on August 08, 2021:

A wonderful response to Brenda’s word prompt. I enjoyed reading your poems and you have brought out the positive influence of writing letters to your future self. We need such inspirations to keep going even in the toughest of situations. Your poems are positive and inspiring, thank you for sharing.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on August 08, 2021:

Great poems Vidya. I admit, in today's internet world the art of letter writing is lost and also considered a bit of a dinosaur. But having said that a letter is one of the best ways of deep introspection. Thanks for the write.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 08, 2021:

Thanks Pamela. I appreciate your kind comments. It is a good idea to start the day with gratitude. I used to write a lot when I was in college. I was very fond of writing letters. I think I should start writing to myself again. It is fun to read at a future date. In fact I sometimes just flip through the pages of the diary I used to have in my younger days, to get a perspective on the thoughts I had at that time and compare with my emotional and mental state at present. It is a beneficial exercise I feel, helps us grow. Have a great week ahead, stay blessed.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 08, 2021:

Hi Misbah, good to have you back. Missed you all theses days. I am so glad you liked my response. We often overlook the good things we have in life and mope over our troubles and obstacles. Knowing the impermanence of life, when we concentrate on the blessings we have and learn to be grateful, we feel much calmer and are happier. I was impressed by that quote too. Writing letters to ourselves to receive and read at a future date helps to remind us of that. Now it is so much easier. We can just schedule an email to ourselves. Take care, stay blessed.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 08, 2021:

Hello Vidya ji!

This is a beautiful response to the word prompt, letters!

Writing letters to self, is a good idea, and your poems are well crafted to emphasise this point! I liked reading all your poems!

I have done something similar to this, though not on a regular basis!

Excellent article and well done!

Thank you for sharing!

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 08, 2021:

Thanks Brenda for your words of encouragement. I am glad you liked my response. I used to be very fond of writing letters. I have a close friend who lives in another city and with whom I was in touch through letters for almost three decades. Now we text each other sometimes. Letters are just a memory now to treasure. Thanks for giving us this wonderful word prompt that brought the good memories back.Take care, stay blessed.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 08, 2021:

Thanks John. I appreciate your kind comments and am glad you liked my response. Have a great day.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on August 08, 2021:

Thanks Umesh. I am glad you liked my response. Take care.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 08, 2021:

Very nice.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on August 08, 2021:

What a wonderful response to Brenda’s letter prompt. Writing letters to our future self is a great idea. Well done as always, Vidya.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on August 08, 2021:

Vidya

I'm glad my word prompt inspired you to read those letters hidden away in that old box.

I think your instructor was very wise. Letter writing can help one to face their fears and give you the strength you need to face another day.

Now that you've rediscovered these letters, maybe you can get back into the habit of jotting down a few from time to time.

But alas...life does get in the way.

In your acrostic poem, "Letter" you tell us to write letters to ourselves.

That it will help us face our fears and realize our worth.

Never give up.

In your Poem, "A Letter to My Future Self" you remind yourself that even if life is challenging at the moment, to not give up.

Pick up the pieces & move forward.

Carry gratitude inside your heart & pray for a better day.

Remember tomorrow is a new day. A chance to start fresh.

Have a vision in mind & never look back.

Realize we all make mistakes, but don't let it hold you back.

Enjoy each moment life brings your way as you connect with your inner self.

Great words of encouragement to remind us to keep pushing ahead.

Never give up on one's dreams.

All of your quotes are filled with words of wisdom.

I'll post a link in the word prompt article.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on August 08, 2021:

Vidya, this is an excellent response to Brenda's Prompt, "Letters". I enjoyed reading everything you've written. I also loved the quote by Marcel Pagnol.

These lines for some reason touched my heart:

"Nothing in this world is permanent

Today life may seem dreary

But one day this too shall pass"

Thanks for sharing this beautiful piece of writing.

Blessings and Love to you

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 08, 2021:

I have never written a letter to myself, but I wish I had. It is a great idea.

I really like your poems, and they are a great response to Brenda's prompt, Vidya.

Like Manatita, I also like beginning each day with gratitude. That is such a good outlook to begin the day. I really enjoyed everything your wrote, Vidya.

manatita44 from london on August 08, 2021:

Certainly a creative idea. That of writing a letter to one self. I've not done this but yes, it can have its merit. I rather like the statement below:

"Begin each day with gratitude." A pretty significant one, gratitude. I love the way you approach the prompt. Diversity is always welcomed. 'Edit without mercy.' Loved this as well. Peace!

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