Letters to Little One

Yet.

Dear Little One,

I’ve been thinking a lot about the word “yet.” We all use it all the time.

I haven’t done that yet.

We’re not there yet.

I’m not who I want to be just yet.

I think that when we use this word, we should really be thinking about its connotations.

Yet can imply a time far from now, a chunk of life we planning on living when we get around to it. I haven’t been to Europe yet. It is essentially our way of saying that we have plans to do it one day, but for now, it’s only an idea. From this standpoint, it can be harmful. We don’t know when our “yet” will become a “never.” A “yet” is not a guarantee, it’s a harmless excuse to put off a dream. That being said, one should not negate the power of a “yet.” While it does imply a foolish trust in an infinite amount of life, it also indicates hope. Adding a “yet” makes something possible. It opens up a door in your mind that you previously had shut. Latching onto a yet is a—sometimes subconscious—way of telling yourself that you are able to do something; even if it’s not right now, it’s also not never.

Don’t be afraid to add a “yet”, and don’t leave it there forever.

See you soon.

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