Write A Letter To Yourself (365 Creative Exercises & Prompts, Day 7)


365 Days Of Creativity Challenge, Creative Exercises And Prompts, Over a cup of tea.. (Online Journal) / Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

 

Write A Letter To Yourself/ Day 7/ Day 5/ 365 Days Of Creativity / CollectiviteaDay 7 of the 365-Day Creativity Challenge, ! Once we do this exercise, we’ll have finished one week of the creativity challenge with only 51 more to go! That is so exciting because I’ve never made a creative commitment like this. I am nervous about missing days but feel confident that I’ll do my best to show up – something about writing it here always makes me feel more accountable (and not just because it is a public platform). Today’s prompt asks you to write a letter to yourself. I’ve seen creative challenges where people wrote letters to their future selves. I am going to leave the choice to you. Which version (past, present or future) of yourself will you want to write to?

Day 7: Write a letter to yourself. What will you write? Would you impart life advice? Who are you writing to? A naive, younger self? A softer future self? The current version? Write at least 10 sentences.

Go For It: Write a letter to each version of yourself- past, present and future. Does what you are writing change with time?

My Day 7 Prompt: I wrote a letter to my younger self.

Dearest,

Know that the path ahead, for a longish stretch, is rocky. You may feel unprepared and fearful, but know that you are stronger than you think. Spend less time worrying about everything. All you really need to know is that you’ll step up to life’s challenges. That in spite of your fears, you will always show up. Don’t worry if you are scared. It doesn’t mean you are not brave. Nelson Mandela said, “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” Put your faith in these words. Your only goal is to stay soft, and not become hard and unyielding. And one more thing- never let go of the belief that you are enough. Because you are always enough.

To summarize, it all works out. 

Have a wonderful day and I will see you tomorrow! To share what you are doing, please use the hashtag #ctea365 on social media and /or leave me a comment below. – Priya


Background: Welcome! We are now at Day 7 of the 365 Day Creativity Challenge, and I am excited and happy to have you here!  I use the terms ‘creative’, ‘creativity’  or ‘creative exercise’ very loosely. While they have very specific meanings within the art or business worlds, I define it as any activity that allows us to access an inner stillness. Where the mind’s incessant chatter decreases, and for that short period of time, we are in the presence of a magnificent quietude. Where we feel joyful and recharged as if accessing a powerful, bountiful source of imagination and ideas. It makes what we do- draw, write, paint, work in a science lab, dance, sing, play music, photography etc. etc.- a spiritual experience. It has nothing to do with talent and skill level, and everything to do with joy. Whether you take part in all 365 days, or 7, 21, or 30 days, or join us when you can, I hope you will take the time to relax, slow down, and be your joyous self! Want more details? You may want to read this introduction to the 365-Day Creativity Challenge. Just as a reminder, it really helps to have a dedicated journal or notebook because you will see  a continuous record of your creativity expanding and changing as you devote time to it every day. You will also be creating a year’s worth of creative work. As you work through the prompts, write down other things that strike you because you may want to revisit these ideas. Have a wonderful day and I will see you tomorrow! To share what you are doing, please use the hashtag #ctea365 on social media and /or leave me a comment below. – Priya


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