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Letter to the Future

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Assignment: In class, write “a letter to the future from a ruined world.” I had writer’s block until I pictured the future…my neice Harper had just started kindergarten, and so I wrote with her in mind as my audience, and her sister Layne, and their brother Maitland: the future.

Try to do one thing at a time as often as you can.
Live generously. It is not yours, anyway.
If you take away one thing, put back two.
Beware of consuming experiences in one gulp. Chew them, ruminating until your taste buds can sense the full flavor of each moment.
Kiss the ones you love often, and with warmth. Every time you do, something is born that will never die.
Don’t be afraid to wear color.
Learn to love your hair as it is, unconditionally. Your body as well; it will only age.
You will become a great person only by considering the worth of the small person.
Look in spaces, at faces only others ignore. You will see the secrets of the universe down blind alleys or in unconsidered eyes.
Learn early to unmask yourself. The things that fighten you will shrivel. An unmasked face is the greatest gift you can offer the world.

What would you add to this list?


One response

  1. Li

    Learn to show up; there is no one like you. Do not pay back for evil deeds; the world needs fire fighters. Guards down; heal the wounds.


    August 29, 2011 at 8:59 pm

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