Saturday, March 14, 2009

Sunday Scribbling - "Dear Past Me, Dear Future Me"


PAST


Dear Tammy,

I'm not here to tell you your future. I am here to give you advise from the only one you trust, you. Please be kinder to your mom because she really does know what she's talking about. Stay close to your brother because despite how he acts he needs you. Your grandparents will love you unconditionally so please do the same. They deserve your devotion. If you make a mistake please say you're sorry and always forgive, including yourself.


Please don't allow people into your life unless they bring you a nurturing and balanced relationship. There are many people that are takers and will use you. Be vigilant. Study and excel in school, you will need that education. Never forget you are worthy and have a purpose for being here. Don't buy into peer pressure for you will be lead astray, I promise you! Sex and drugs can be the death of you. Keep your body strong and healthy, you will need it. I will give you one taste of the future that will make it all worth it. You will have that great love you've always dreamed of.


FUTURE

Dear Tammy,

I hope this letter finds you cured of ALS and restored to normal function. Remember each day all of the people who have supported, comforted, contributed, loved and prayed for you. I know you will pay it forward in spades. I hope that you are showing Dave everyday how much he means to you. You do tend to forget but don't! He believed in you and a cure even when you had doubts. Remember if things get tough his love will carry you through. He signed up for this gig so no guilt! You are lucky to be here, so live like there is no tomorrow. Take your mistakes and lessons learned, to live with purpose and joy. Keep writing no matter what!


23 comments:

SmallWorld at Home said...

Oh, beautiful! I love this!

Kay said...

All so true and real. I endorse every word both past and future. A great idea and very powerful.

Granny Smith said...

Such wise advice to both the past You and the future You! You are lucky to have Dave, and he is lucky to have you. I admire both of you.

Hugs
Phyllis

Tumblewords: said...

Wise words. Wonderfully written. So much love and care is embedded here and that's a very fine thing.

gautami tripathy said...

I simply adore your positive sprit.

Great post..

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Cheryl said...

Tammy,
You are one beautiful and amazing woman. This post was so powerful and full of the wisdom that you carry with you. Thank you for sharing this with us.
XXXXX

Robin said...

Beautiful and inspiring. Advice we'd all do well to remember.

anthonynorth said...

Great advice there. Inspirational.

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Jay said...

Very wise! And very brave, too. I like your positive outlook.

I had to look up Lou Gehrig's disease, but now I remember - the most famous person to have it is, of course, Stephen Hawking. He surely must be an inspiration to all his fellow sufferers.

But no doubt there are many who are as inspirational too, who live their lives quietly and outside that spotlight. I feel that you are probably one of them.

TJ said...

I will give you one taste of the future, oh that was exceptional insight.
Love, you post was a shinning example about the value of love, past and future.
I think that is one thing that truely matters...
Love TJ

Patry Francis said...

Glad to have found you. This is beautiful.

Patrick @ Caregivingly Yours said...

Beautifully spoken! Of course, I do have a weakness for spouse caregiver compliments. :) And wondering about any words for the "present"?

Caregivingly Yours, Patrick
http://caregivinglyyours.blogspot.com/

Geraldine said...

This is so beautiful Tammy. I'm all teared up over here. Lovely thoughts and good advice for all of us. Hugs, my friend. G

Lucy said...

beautiful tam! every thing you write leaves me so touched and mushy! all these letters to ourselves are making me wish for a timetravel mailbox.
xoxo

danni said...

these letters are just so motivating, tammy - i love the sense of empowerment your words convey to me, and i thank you for that!!!

Becca said...

This is super advice, Tammy...you are a wise and wonderful woman!

Nancy said...

Woo hoooo... that is perfect.

Love ya bunches,
Nance

Tabor said...

I definitely need you to be my adviser during the twists and turns in life. You hit the nail on the head once again.

GreenishLady said...

Oh, you captured the absolute essentials of life here, Tammy, perfectly... and that future glimpse is so wonderful. This post leaves me so moved... and yes, you do have to keep writing!

Amber said...

This is touching! *SIGH* if only we could do this, huh? Oh th epain we could save ourselves.

:)

forgetfulone said...

This prompt was so personal, and you did justice to it! I hope for a cure for all of the illnesses that hurt the people I care about.

tinker said...

This is beautiful, Tammy - so wise. Don't you wish we could really do this?? Boy, the things I could have told me - and probably the things my future me could tell me now too. It's a little late for sunday scribblings, but maybe I should think about what my future me would write to me, anyway...
~XOXO

kj said...

oh tammy, i love you for this...