学习啦【英文书信】 编辑：秀珍 发布时间：2016-09-09
When you look back on yourself in the past – 10, 20, 30 or more years ago – it’s surprising to see how much you have changed over time. Your experiences, your friends, your family and your work have all shaped who you are right now. But where will you be in another few years? How will you have changed? Reflective writing in your journal is an excellent way to think about what you want out of the future.
You may have already written a letter to your younger self before, conveying all the wisdom and perspective you wish you had had at the time. Now consider the opposite end of the spectrum; what would you say if you wrote your future self a letter?
Just imagine writing a letter to your future self 5 years from now, then opening it at that exact moment 5 years down the road to see how much of it resonated with you. It is a useful supplementary tool to be used in goal achievement, because when you write the letter to your future self, it helps crystallize exactly how you anticipate yourself to become at that specific moment down the road.
As you read the letter in the future, you can assess how many things match up (or not) vs. your expectations in the past and think about why that’s the case. Often times, the goals we set and our goal achievement process are subjected to a lot of changes along the way, due to varying obstacles, unanticipated circumstances and changing priorities. The letter gives you a macro-view of your initial vision and lets you recognize how your current vision differs from the past.
When you open the letter in the future, you as your future self gets to compare how you used to be in the past and compare with how you are currently. This lets you see in totality how much things have changed since then – and this can be a really intriguing experience. It’s interesting to just see how much you have grown/changed since you wrote the letter.
I hope you are more excited about your 33rd birthday than you were about your 32nd birthday. 33 is your lucky number so if things have not started to look up, maybe THIS will be the year (finally!). And if things have started to look up already, hooray and congrats! Keep up the good work!
You had a lot of things to face at your 32nd birthday. It was a very, very hard year. I felt like I aged 10 years this past year. Hopefully you have made up some of that lost time by now.
I hope you have overcome your depression. I hope you finally get it. I hope your brother is still sober. I hope he has not relapsed too many times. I hope your family is not angry with him. I hope his disease has not torn us apart. I hope you still give him compassion and unconditional love despite how frustrating he can be. I hope he is still with his fiance and if not, then I hope he is with someone who can give as much love as she did and love him despite his HIV and drug addiction. I hope he is healthy. I hope he is not lonely. I hope he has not relapsed. I'm really scared for him right now. It has been very hard. I have much doubt in my head sometimes. I only want the best for him. I pray that he can fight this disease. Are you actually praying to God yet? I was an atheist but this last year has made me more spiritual than ever. Have you made a commitment to God yet? I hope you have not forgotten that God has been trying to reach you with all that is going on with your brother. I hope you have allowed him into your life. I hope your sister is still married and her damn husband has not quit on her yet. I hope you don't lose sight of this opportunity right now to make changes with them! Don't let it slip by, PLEASE!
I hope you are still working in design and as passionate about it as ever. This year I did make some big decisions about my career and got accepted into a great school. I hope you are keeping up the good work with it. You have so much talent, intelligence and potential. Be flexible and compassionate with yourself.
Are you still training for triathlons or is your body too old for them? In any event, I hope you are still taking good care of yourself and you still look fantastic (I am sure you do regardless).
I hope you are in NYC and not in this silly town. You should be closer to family.
Hopefully there have been some positive changes. If not, then take some time to get back on track and make a new game plan. Give yourself a break, this thing called life isn't easy but you gotta give it some true effort.The only person who can change Jill's life is Jill. You deserve the best you can give yourself.
In 1994 I wrote a letter. I stuck it in an envelope, put it away and completely forgot about it.
It wasn't until we moved into our new home in 2006 that I found it again. It was addressed to me with explicit instructions not to open until my birthday 2005. It was now 2006 so I decided to open it. This is what it said:
By the time you read this you will be 30. At the age of 18 I had so many hopes and dreams about where you'd be, what you'd be doing and with whom you'd spend your life with.
Right now I hope that you have traveled and seen everything you've always wanted to, both in Canada and overseas, and maybe even settled down somewhere in Australia doing some research in the field of biology (genetics).
I hope you're married to the man of your dreams. The man of mine is Gwynn. He is originally from South Africa (another place I wish to visit).
You'll probably have two children of your own – a girl(Michaela Anne) and a boy (name yet to be decided).
If everything goes according to plan you'll be living in Australia in a big house in a small town outside of a big city with a lot of land, a dog, Gwynn and your two beautiful children. Hopefully you have a career in the medical field, maybe doing research in genetics. Gwynn will be a computer programmer and you will be doing alright for yourselves.
However, if things don't go according to plan for you, I wish you all the love, happiness and joy in the world and don't settle for anything less than the best since that is absolutely what you deserve.
Live long, be happy and live life to it's fullest.
Love Sherri "18"
When I read this for the first time since writing it I was floored. Even now having dug this up again another 4 years later I still can't help but think this is really cool.
So much of what I wanted for myself has materialized.
•I did travel to a few more places in Canada although I haven't seen everything I'd like to.
•I did marry the man of my dreams and yes he still is my one and only.
•I've traveled to the UK, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
•I lived in Australia for nearly 4 years in a big house, in a small suburb, in a major city (close enough).
•I had a career in Biology in the field of genetics for 10 years.
•I have two lovely kids – both boys (names now decided).
•I have not one dog but two dogs. Both yellow labs from Australia.
•Gwynn is a computer programmer.
•We are doing okay for ourselves.
After writing this I quickly forgot about what I had put in here actually. The things that materialized were all met with quite a bit of resistance (all internal) but I suppose these were things that I really did want. Having never strayed too far from home overseas travel was a huge deal. Having never been away from my family moving to Australia for several years was an incredibly huge decision.
I find it fascinating how the dreams of a young and naive little girl can become a grown woman's reality.
I'm curious if you guys have ever written anything to your future self and how it stacks up to your current reality. If you haven't, will you join me in writing a letter now to yourself in say 10 years from now? It's an interesting little experiment.