I've been inspired by Daphne's post at Joyful Days (and she in turn was inspired by Giovanna) to write myself a letter from my older, wiser self. A letter that will help the me in this here and now to live more joyfully in each here and now as it presents itself. Here is is:
Be patient with yourself. Yes, you are a work in progress, but that is a process that will never be completed (at least not in this lifetime), so it doesn’t matter how long it takes. There is no race or competition in life, we all get to where we’re going according to our own personal schedules. All your life you will be evolving, even now I am still a “work in progress”.
You have no idea how little you will come to care about the many things you obsess over now. You have always aspired to “go with the flow”, yet you struggle too with the desire to control. Control is an illusion and so is the concept of security or certainty. Let it go. Embrace uncertainty. Enter each new day with a sense of curiosity as to what might unfold.
Yes it is true that you appreciate that life is more about the journey than the destination. BUT you’re still just a little bit picky about what the destintation might be. It’s ok to have preferences, but you need to be truly open to all possibilities. Maybe the destination will be nowhere as exotic as you currently hope for, but as soon as you truly open yourself up to all eventualities and accept whatever shows up for you, you will experience more joy in the journey than you can even anticipate right now. Trust me. I am you, I have been through it.
The best thing you can do for yourself, now and always, is to remember every day the advice you offer so freely to others: Live joyfully in the here and now – that is the only place where true happiness exists.
Always watching over you,
Love Hilda xx
This was a really nice exercise. Why not do it for youself? You will find yourself tapping into your innate wisdom that already exists. You don't have to wait till you've experienced more in life to feel and trust that wisdom – just step into an imaginary time capsule and let it come forth!