Letters to Little One

The Knowing & the Doing

Dear Little One,

As I’ve grown up, I’ve found it continually harder to be anything except myself. The hard part now is letting go of the fear behind letting that person be seen and heard. But, as I learned in the pursuit of the first, I know the key to the second is to keep trying, to give it time, and to tell the truth.

Though somehow I have a feeling that the knowing won’t make the doing any easier.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

 

See you soon.

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Letters to Little One

Always, Always, Always, Capable

Dear Little One,

Always always always remember you are capable. You are capable of doing everything and you are capable of doing nothing. You are capable of saying yes and saying no. You are capable of thinking and dreaming and producing and achieving. You are capable of failing and you are capable of trying again. You are capable of standing up and you are capable of surrendering. You are capable of loving and hating and choosing which one to turn to. You are capable of smiling and frowning and crying and laughing. You are capable of helping and turning your back and apologizing. You are capable of anything you set your mind to, and an infinite amount more outside of what you can imagine. You are capable of all this at once and yet sometimes you’ll still feel small, and that’s okay.

 

See you soon.

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Letters to Little One

Generous With What We Cannot See

Dear Little One,

Ever since I was little I was encouraged to be generous, to share, to give. And as I’ve grown up, I’ve noticed how often I associate those words with tangible things. I’ve shared toys. I’ve given presents. I’ve been generous with my money. But now, perhaps more than ever, I’m starting to believe that what the world needs more than anything is our generosity with the things we cannot see.

We need to be generous with our hearts, both in loving those who love us and those who don’t.

We need to be generous with our voices, using them to identify what needs to be changed and giving them to those who have had theirs taken away.

We need to be generous with our time, giving it to people not things.

We need to be generous with our hope, passing it along to those who have been given no reason to hold onto their own.

The world needs so much more than money and things, and you are worth so much more than your supply of either. So when you’re looking for ways to be generous, you need look no further than inside of yourself. Chances are if you look there first, the gift will be far greater than anything you could have given blindly out of your pocket.

 

See you soon.

 

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Letters to Bear

The Silence of Time

Dear Bear,

Sometimes it’s weird thinking that the only thing keeping us apart is the silence of time. That which forces us to be patient and shapes us into who we’ll need to be when life weaves us together. That which teaches us and tortures us and turns us upside down. Until one day it calls out and without thinking, we answer.

 

See you soon.

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Letters to Little One

On that Day

Dear Little One,

I can’t wait for the day when I tell about this time in my life. About how I constantly wondered whether any of my biggest dreams would come true.

For on that day, as you’re looking up at me with that little twinkle in your eye, I’ll have already discovered one of them did.

See you soon.

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Letters to Little One

Let’s Get Lost

Dear Little One,

I recently finished reading a book called “Let’s Get Lost” by Adi Alsaid and I wanted to tell you about it. Not to spoil it, just to let you know what it taught me. The basic premise is that a girl named Leila is going on a road trip to see the Northern Lights. The book is divided into 5 sections, each one dedicated to a person Leila meets and the adventures they embark on in their short time together.

As I read through the book, I came to a very important realization: there are lives happening all around us. This may seem obvious, but I think it’s really easy to get wrapped up in our own problems and forget. You never really know the type of day that someone is having or how much impact a little kindness can have on a person for the rest of their day or even their life.

One of my favorite quotes I got from the book was: “I urge you to please notice when you are happy.” A character quotes this line from Kurt Vonnegut’s book, A Man Without a Country, near the beginning of the book and it stuck with me to the end. Once I finished, I looked up the quote and found that in its entirety Vonnegut states: “And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.’”

It’s a simple request really. To just notice those moments that feel whole. Peaceful. Great. So I encourage you to do so. For even in the mere days since I’ve finished the book, I’ve found myself among more happy moments than I could tell you about in this letter. It’s funny how when you open your heart to feeling happiness, your eyes are far more prepared to discover it around you.

 

See you soon.

 

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