I am so excited that we have continued Super Saturday to make it a part of our weekly newsletter. Our growing community is something I treasure, and your thoughts, stories and photos truly add the ‘Hub’ to the Happyness! This week we have a wonderful reflection from our Hubber, Dimple, on the practice of writing letters to her future self. Here is her thoughtful and highly personal contribution:
“In 2017 I wrote myself a letter as part of a business coaching exercise. The letter was about all the things I was hoping to achieve in a year. Fast forward to 2018, I received the letter I had forgotten about. However, that year had turned my life upside down and inside out, and when I read the letter I cried as my life had changed beyond recognition and most of the goals had not been achieved.
Once my emotions had settled, I decided that I was going to continue the practice of writing to my 12 month future self – but instead I would fill the letter with self-compassion. So, each May I write to myself on stationery that I like and have collected, and hand the letter over to a trusted friend to post. I choose May because a lot of life changes over the years have happened in this month, so I wanted to celebrate this time as a time of rebirth rather than being sad about the past.
This year when I received my letter it reminded me of the distance I had travelled and of my healing journey. It reminded me of my courage and resilience. It was a letter of genuine compassion acknowledging my own humanness and experiences.
We often forget to be kind to ourselves and therefore to me this practice is about taking a moment of putting what I need to hear in a note or a card. When I read it again, it feels like the greatest act of self-kindness, helping me to recognise and accept that nothing lasts forever. Light and darkness are part of the cycle of life, so all we can do is be present and kind to ourselves and others.”