How to write a “Message to the Future” letter to myself?
Many times, we joke with ourselves, saying things like “Note to self…don’t do that again.” Why not write an actual “note to self” about other issues and stories that we come across in life that teach?
I was standing in my bathroom, getting ready for work thinking about my friends’ problems, and some of my own I was facing in life at the time. That is when I thought, you know I can call my mom and dad and get advice from them today, right this moment. They can offer me encouragement, love, and support as I journey this new stage in my life. I have a friend, who going through similar married life struggles, who cannot just pick up the phone and call her parents.
That is when I screamed out loud, out of frustration for her. I am sure many of you have been there, saying what would my mom do when:
– Your child has a fever
– Your child will not stop crying
– You feel you are having an increase in arguments in your marriage lately
– You cannot agree on ____________________ in your marriage (fill in the blank)
That is when I vowed to myself, that I did not want my child to live like this. Yes, she can always call me anytime (day or night). I want her to have more though. I want her to have a lasting voice, a voice that provides true and memorable insight, value, truth, and help.
I want my child to have my every thought written down during similar struggles and of life’s pleasures or happy times, so she or he can imitate also.
That is when I wished my mother had written a “message to the future” letter to herself about these kinds of times in life, to reflect her thoughts and what she did in certain situations.
Our challenge for you today is to write a “Message to the Future” letter to yourself. No one knows what will happen to them tomorrow. Every day is truly a gift. Pass this gift forward to yourself and your future children. Make this letter a teachable, milestone moment in your life. Here are some sample questions to answer in your letter to help get you started:
– Where do you see yourself in 5, 10, 20 years from now?
– What are your favorite quotes that get you by in life right now?
– Who do you call when you need encouragement?
– How do you know your friends are truly your friends in life? How do your friends treat you?
– How do you know “he” is the one to marry? Did anything change your mind as to why you married “him?”
– How do you stay calm during your arguments with friends or family? How will you react in the future?
– What do you enjoy doing the most right now? What will you enjoy doing in the future?
There are many different questions to answer in your own “Message to the Future,” depending on your age and what is going on in your life. Be creative. This is, after all, a personalized gift to yourself in the future….and possibly a personalized gift for your children to read in the future.
Thank you, mom and dad, for all your personal help in my life. I have treasured each moment, “Message to the Future” letter, and lesson learned.
Life really can change in the blink of an eye. A time capsule causes you to take a look at those around you and how they have impacted your life. Take the time today to say thank you to some of the most inspirational people in your life. Begin your own time capsule, with your words in a “Message to the Future” to pass on to yourself years later.
This is one of the most important presents, in the present, that you can give to your future.
Here are two samples of a “Message to the Future” letters, to get you started for ideas at:
Comment below and let us know what else you want to read about, “in the future,” from The Original Time Capsule Company.
Making Milestone Moments Count,
The Original Time Capsule
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