Letters to Yourself
Today, we're going to talk about the power of the epistle. It's a fancy word for a letter and the Dear Diary style of writing can be a powerful form of writing for our journal.
I am not just talking about starting off with Dear Diary though that might be the easiest way to begin. Instead consider expanding your correspondent list and you'll find a whole new avenue of using your journal.
Remember - these are letters not meant to be sent, so honesty (to the extreme) is encouraged.
Letters to Friends Friendship is deeply important and should be cherished as much as possible. Even if you know you value your friends, you should put your words into actions.
It might be difficult for you to express your feelings personally. In this case, writing letters in your journal can help you to show how you feel without telling your friends directly.
Address a letter to each of your friends. Write what their friendship means to you. Discuss fun memories that you have together or how they've helped you through difficulties.
writing these letters, you can feel more comfortable with expressing these feelings
personally when you see your friends. They are also likely to appreciate it and express
how you've helped and supported them.
On the flip side, you can also use these letters to express your frustration with your friends, secure in the knowledge that they will never know. It's a lot better (safer and nicer) than talking about them behind their back.
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Letters to Enemies There are always people we don't see eye to eye with. These could be relatives or friends with whom your relationship has become strained. It could also be someone you've always been at odds with.
They might have slighted you in a very extreme way and you might not want to forgive them. Whether or not you forgive them is up to you.
Writing letters can make it easier to deal with negative feelings. Write a letter to your
enemies if you feel comfortable doing so. Since this will be private, you can express
your emotions as freely as possible.
Letters to Yourself Sometimes the person you need to most get in touch with is right in front of you. You need to be in tune with your mind and how your thoughts develop. Journaling can become a mindfulness exercise as you write a letter to yourself.
This can be done in all sorts of times. You can write a letter to yourself when going through difficulties. You can also write one to congratulate yourself on accomplishments. Be as kind to yourself as possible with these letters.
Even when you don't feel like being positive, you can still show yourself how much value is within you. You can also write letters to your past and future selves in order to gain a better perspective of how you've grown or how you're going to develop as a person.
Letters to Concepts Since these are letters that you won't be sending, you can address them to anyone or anything. You can consider all kinds of broad, expansive concepts that can't be tangibly felt, but that do exist in our world.
If you're concerned about aging, for instance, you can write a letter to time. If you're wondering about what is going on beyond our world, you can write a letter to space. Don't let yourself feel restrained. The possibilities are endless in terms of what you can write to and what you can write about.
Letters to Past Figures Is there anyone you admire from the past that you wish you could communicate with? Time travel might not be possible, but you can still make a connection. Think of somebody who has inspired you. Write a letter to them as if they are still alive. Tell them about how their work or message has affected your life for the better. When you need a moment of inspiration, you can write a letter to a legend of the past. It can give you a considerable awareness of their humanity. When you foster closer connections to esteemed figures, you can realize that they're a person just like you.
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