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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
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.
© 2021 VIDYA D SAGAR