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So, how was your 2011?  What you expected?  Or not?  And what are you thinking about 2012?  What do you want and/or expect?

In honor of this year’s last hours and a new year starting tomorrow, I decided to let you in on a little secret of mine: Since 2004, every New Year’s Eve, I write myself A LETTER FROM THE FUTURE. 


Yep! I date it one year from now.  So today, it will be dated 12/31/12.  It always starts the same:

Dear Barbara

But that’s the only thing that stays the same from year to year.  The rest changes each time.  I will tell myself what happened this year, how far I have come, what my kids achieved, how good and faithful God has been. I will write to myself about how I have changed and why, and a whole lot of other things that have transpired this year.

Some years the letter is short, and others it is very long.  Once it is written, I tuck it away–used to be sealed in an envelope in my desk drawer, but now I just put it in a document on my computer… And I never, ever look at it again.

Until… the next New Year’s Eve, when I pull it up and read it very, very slowly.

How did I know?

How could I have said that 365 days ago?



Today is the day.  I am getting ready to serve myself a strong cup of coffee and open up the letter I wrote a year ago.  I have no idea what’s in there, but I can’t wait… And then, I am going to write the one for next year.

Would you share with us any ritual that you have for yourself at the end of the year?  Or tell us if you want to adopt mine!