In this world of social media and “soft” copies of everything, we are seldom squirreling away paper prints of photos or paper letters like we did in our childhood days. Way back in middle school I remember writing notes to friends (and receiving them), and I would save them in a box in my closet. It was fun to look at them years later and see what we were thinking about and scheming about at that age.
For my journal entry this week, I’m going to take a page out of an assignment we’ve probably all gotten at some point in a writing class. I’m going to take 15 minutes to write a letter to the future. If you are following along, grab a pen and paper. You can write to yourself, to your child, or to a friend. Talk about joys and fears. Talk about what you imagine your successes and challenges will be over the next decade. Whatever comes to mind. Throw in a (paper) photo if you have one. Then seal it up, put it in your safe, and open it up in 10 years.
For Week 9’s homework, this week you will look back at your Week 7’s journal entry and use it as inspiration. Look at the things you remember most. Isn’t it funny how a long weekend can seem like a month in your memory? Proof that memories don’t come from quantity of time … but quality. Get out your calendar and plan some good quality family time. Plan a trip to the zoo, a weekend of “backyard camping”, the state fair, or even just a special trip to the library.
Take it a step further. Next time you’re at the store, look for some blank notecards. Challenge yourself to actually find a pen and write an actual note to a friend now and then. I guarantee it will brighten her day to receive it. If you have children, help them write a letter to one of their friends.
As always, take a warm bath, do some yoga poses, or drink a hot tea or glass of wine (something you enjoy) in the evening, 2 nights.
This 10 week initiative from Good Not Perfect and Simplify, Live, Love is aimed at simplifying, finding time for yourself, and being happier. You can read about the 10 week project here and here. You can read last week’s assignment here.