Some time back I wrote a story about a young emotionally-fragile girl who tends to explode at the slightest thing done by members of her broken family; a father who walked away from them, a younger brother who’s so aloof from her and a mother who’s lost in her own world. So her older brother taught her how to deal with her emotions. He told her to write it down, write everything she felt down on paper, the hatred, the jealousy, let the venom out of her system. Then he grabbed a lighter and burnt it, throwing it – symbolically – into the sea. Then he left her with those words, “Don’t let your emotions get the best of you.”And that’s how she got over painful events; one after another.
You know sometimes we find ourselves struggling with a lot of unspoken words. A lot of unfinished chapters. A lot of hanging bridges. A lot of burning bridges. And then we hear that a tragedy had befallen and now it becomes too late to speak those unspoken words, finish those unfinished chapters, connect and build those burning bridges. In such a case do you find yourself crying with regret, holding with remorse whatever memories you shared with that person, hoping that you had easily swallowed your pride so you could say, “Sorry,” “I love you” “I never meant to utter those words, they were spoken with anger”?
But then some people are given a second chance, and yet they don’t jump at it. They think it’s not important anymore. They back out, they fear to be labelled weak, or emotionally-unstable, or whatever….but then when the words are out, finally, they may feel relieved, relieved that they had the courage to face their fears and be human again, face their fears and be weak, face their fears and let their guard down…even if those words were just written in a piece of paper, that is later burnt and thrown into the sea.
So today’s homework, think of a person who meant a lot in your life, and write them a letter. write them a physical letter. An email is too impersonal, but if the only connection you currently have with them is email, then I guess the email will do. Tell them what they mean to you. Sincerely thank them for the moments they made you smile when you were upset. If it’s a person who has hurt you,let them know that you’ve forgiven them. If it’s a person that you have hurt, then sincerely tell them, “I’m sorry.”
And record the reaction that you would get from a heart-felt sincere letter.
Alternatively, burn it and throw it in the sea.
Today’s quote; Sometimes there is no next time, no second chance, no time out. Sometimes,it’s now or never!
As for me, I know what I have to say to all of you…
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