Originally posted May 9, 2009]
I’m a bit of a collector when it comes to correspondence. I know that. I still have a letter that my high school sweetheart wrote for me eons ago, and many other letters and emails that have accumulated over the years.
So it’s not surprising that one of the nicest, and most pointed, notes that I’ve ever received sits at the top of the pile. It’s from my sister.
Last year she gave me a note card. She spent some time thanking me for the encouragement and support that I’ve given her over the years regarding her business. It was sweet.
Then she spent the rest of the time driving her proverbial foot up my proverbial ass. It wasn’t quite as sweet, but it certainly got my attention.
At the time I was still in marital limbo, and that was sucking a lot of life out of me. I wasn’t really doing much of anything to help the process along. I had no control of that situation. My sister oh-so-subtly pointed out that I was wasting my natural talents away, and doing nothing to further myself in many of the areas that I DID have control over.
It’s no secret that I’ve wanted to write for some time. If I could make any sort of living at all from writing, I’d jump on that bandwagon in a heartbeat. Sometimes I think that ship has sailed, though. Other times, I know that it hasn’t. It’s just a matter of dedication and focus.
There are some interesting parallels between where I was in early 2008 and where I am now. The window dressing has been updated, yet the situation is eerily similar. And reading her note to me again, it reminds me very much of something that I’ve been telling someone for months now. It would be an absolute shame if you didn’t try, if you want something better. And if that advice is good enough for me to offer to someone, then it is damn well good enough for me to accept from my own sister!
The best part is how she ended the card. She drew a little check mark box, and wrote “I have read the above letter and I agree to get off my butt and work towards a better future. Signed __________________”
Today, I finally signed that card.[I think it’s time to go back and re-read that note.]