Story’s Rainy Day Letter (Hope in an Envelope 2)

Look, Story  (@story3girl on twitter) is visiting today!
She sent us her very own Rainy Day Letter in response to this: The Opportunity in Setbacks and Rainy Days Letters.
Story’s letter is so short, so sweet, and so wise. I am grateful to be sharing it with you all.

If you too are in recovery from PPD, I invite you to write your own Rainy Day Letter. Print it and read it when you need it. Setbacks, those bastards, are inevitable, yet their severity and frequency will drop over time; Rainy Days Letters help this happen faster. So next time you are feeling “totally yourself”, save some of that for a rainy day.

Passing the mike to Story:

– – –

Dearest self,
(May I call you dearest?  even if I haven’t always treated you that way?)

I know you don’t think it’s true, but you are getting better.

You are writing.  You are teaching.  You are baking again.  You are doing all the things that you love, all the things that make you feel like you.  And you can’t do it every day.  You are still tired. You get overwhelmed sometimes.  But that doesn’t mean you aren’t moving forward.  That doesn’t mean you aren’t you again.  It’s not just hard for you.  It’s HARD.  And you are doing really well, I promise.

And you are doing things you never thought you could do.  You are making friends, you are reaching out.  You belong.  Give yourself credit for that, sweets.  It’s not something that happened to you.  It’s something that you’ve done, and you should be proud.  And yes, it’s still hard, but that’s all the more reason to be proud of it.

Part of you is still dark, and really always has been, and may always be a little bit, but really that’s okay.  What makes you dark is also deep and gentle and beautiful.  It makes you the person you are.

You don’t need to be cheerful and funny and cute all the time.  No one expects that of you.  You just need to be you.  I know you want to be happy, and you deserve to be happy, but it isn’t a failure if sometimes you’re sad.  It’s part of life and it’s reasonable.  Expecting yourself to be happy every moment isn’t fair.  Be kind, my love.  Try not to ask things of yourself that you wouldn’t expect from anyone else.

And the things you are reaching for?  Peace and Purpose.  They are worthy, they are good, and they are closer than you think.  They are getting closer every day.

With all the love in the world,

Story3girl

– – –

Don’t you just love it?
“Peace and Purpose. They are worthy, they are good, and they are closer than you think. They are getting closer every day.”
Such wise words.  Story, I thank you so much for sharing your wisdom and feelings with us.

Story blogs at hardtomommy.blogspot.com, go say hello.

Comment magic:
Talk to Story, talk to me, talk to you.
Tell Story what parts of her letter touched you.
Tell me: what do you need to hear when you are down? 

Tell you: what do you love about you most? How can that help you feel better when you are in a slump?

You are welcome to share your rainy day letter with me, and if you wish, I would be honored to share it here on the blog.
Inspired? Want more? Take a look at Rach’s Rainy Day Letter. 

As always, oceans of love to all who read.
Whether you comment or not, may the joy be with you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14 Responses to Story’s Rainy Day Letter (Hope in an Envelope 2)
  1. Rose
    August 31, 2011 | 2:39 pm

    Just the sort of thing I needed to be reminded of, as it seems so did you. Thank you for this!
    Rose recently posted..Playing Patty Cake

  2. Alexandra
    August 28, 2011 | 12:49 am

    This is lovely, because we all need to be kind to ourselves.

    My PPD, now seems so long ago, but if I stop and remember those days, they reel like yesterday. So very sad. I was so alone.

    And I didn’t even have myself.

    I was my own worse enemy.

    I have to forgive myself, for letting myself down.

    I should’ve been there for myself, and I wasn’t.

    I have promised to NEVER let that happen again.

    I love the work you’re doing here. It is SO VERY IMPORTANT.

    • Yael
      August 29, 2011 | 10:16 am

      Thank you so much for the kind words of support. Many hugs to you of now and you of then.
      I wonder if you would like to write a letter from the you of now, the wise one who knows better, to sad-scared-lonely you of then. It might be a healing opportunity to both of you. If you would like to, I will be honored to publish it here, but even writing such a letter for your eyes only is still worthwhile. Either way, much love in your direction.

  3. Rach (DonutsMama)
    August 22, 2011 | 10:03 pm

    Yes, sweety, peace and purpose are closer than we think. This was such a beautiful letter and I am so proud of you for writing it. I see your progress. I see that you’re happier and you’re getting better. You can do this!!
    Rach (DonutsMama) recently posted..Knitted Together

    • story
      August 23, 2011 | 7:26 am

      I wouldn’t have even imagined it possible, but it is. We’re getting there. Together.
      story recently posted..For a Rainy Day

  4. Robin @ Farewell, Stranger
    August 22, 2011 | 8:55 pm

    The fact that you wrote this at all shows you’re doing okay.

    You will get there. I have no doubt. xo
    Robin @ Farewell, Stranger recently posted..Blue Hair and Other Things: A Life List Update

  5. Susan
    August 22, 2011 | 6:47 pm

    So glad you’re finding your way, and even more glad you’ve reached out, because I’m enjoying getting to know you as a new friend.

    I wish you peace and purpose – and know that by writing and connecting with us, you’re helping give that to others, too.

    <3 Susan
    Susan recently posted..Everything I Ever Needed to Know…

    • story
      August 23, 2011 | 7:24 am

      Oh, Susan, thank you for saying that. There is nothing that would make me happier. And I am enjoying getting to know you as a friend too.
      story recently posted..For a Rainy Day

  6. Heather H
    August 22, 2011 | 5:19 pm

    Beautiful letter, Story! So wise and so true! I pray that you continue to recover and that your journey to recovery is short. Hugs!
    Heather H recently posted..Out of sorts

  7. story
    August 22, 2011 | 1:11 pm

    Thank you Yael for featuring this. And thank you even more for helping make it true.
    story recently posted..Life’s Lessons: Things I can’t control

    • Satch
      August 9, 2014 | 1:42 am

      Whoever wrote this, you know how to make a good arcetli.

    • disability then
      September 24, 2014 | 11:25 am

      AFAIC that’s the best answer so far!

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Story’s Rainy Day Letter (Hope in an Envelope 2)

Look, Story  (@story3girl on twitter) is visiting today!
She sent us her very own Rainy Day Letter in response to this: The Opportunity in Setbacks and Rainy Days Letters.
Story’s letter is so short, so sweet, and so wise. I am grateful to be sharing it with you all.

If you too are in recovery from PPD, I invite you to write your own Rainy Day Letter. Print it and read it when you need it. Setbacks, those bastards, are inevitable, yet their severity and frequency will drop over time; Rainy Days Letters help this happen faster. So next time you are feeling “totally yourself”, save some of that for a rainy day.

Passing the mike to Story:

– – –

Dearest self,
(May I call you dearest?  even if I haven’t always treated you that way?)

I know you don’t think it’s true, but you are getting better.

You are writing.  You are teaching.  You are baking again.  You are doing all the things that you love, all the things that make you feel like you.  And you can’t do it every day.  You are still tired. You get overwhelmed sometimes.  But that doesn’t mean you aren’t moving forward.  That doesn’t mean you aren’t you again.  It’s not just hard for you.  It’s HARD.  And you are doing really well, I promise.

And you are doing things you never thought you could do.  You are making friends, you are reaching out.  You belong.  Give yourself credit for that, sweets.  It’s not something that happened to you.  It’s something that you’ve done, and you should be proud.  And yes, it’s still hard, but that’s all the more reason to be proud of it.

Part of you is still dark, and really always has been, and may always be a little bit, but really that’s okay.  What makes you dark is also deep and gentle and beautiful.  It makes you the person you are.

You don’t need to be cheerful and funny and cute all the time.  No one expects that of you.  You just need to be you.  I know you want to be happy, and you deserve to be happy, but it isn’t a failure if sometimes you’re sad.  It’s part of life and it’s reasonable.  Expecting yourself to be happy every moment isn’t fair.  Be kind, my love.  Try not to ask things of yourself that you wouldn’t expect from anyone else.

And the things you are reaching for?  Peace and Purpose.  They are worthy, they are good, and they are closer than you think.  They are getting closer every day.

With all the love in the world,

Story3girl

– – –

Don’t you just love it?
“Peace and Purpose. They are worthy, they are good, and they are closer than you think. They are getting closer every day.”
Such wise words.  Story, I thank you so much for sharing your wisdom and feelings with us.

Story blogs at hardtomommy.blogspot.com, go say hello.

Comment magic:
Talk to Story, talk to me, talk to you.
Tell Story what parts of her letter touched you.
Tell me: what do you need to hear when you are down? 

Tell you: what do you love about you most? How can that help you feel better when you are in a slump?

You are welcome to share your rainy day letter with me, and if you wish, I would be honored to share it here on the blog.
Inspired? Want more? Take a look at Rach’s Rainy Day Letter. 

As always, oceans of love to all who read.
Whether you comment or not, may the joy be with you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14 Responses to Story’s Rainy Day Letter (Hope in an Envelope 2)
  1. Rose
    August 31, 2011 | 2:39 pm

    Just the sort of thing I needed to be reminded of, as it seems so did you. Thank you for this!
    Rose recently posted..Playing Patty Cake

  2. Alexandra
    August 28, 2011 | 12:49 am

    This is lovely, because we all need to be kind to ourselves.

    My PPD, now seems so long ago, but if I stop and remember those days, they reel like yesterday. So very sad. I was so alone.

    And I didn’t even have myself.

    I was my own worse enemy.

    I have to forgive myself, for letting myself down.

    I should’ve been there for myself, and I wasn’t.

    I have promised to NEVER let that happen again.

    I love the work you’re doing here. It is SO VERY IMPORTANT.

    • Yael
      August 29, 2011 | 10:16 am

      Thank you so much for the kind words of support. Many hugs to you of now and you of then.
      I wonder if you would like to write a letter from the you of now, the wise one who knows better, to sad-scared-lonely you of then. It might be a healing opportunity to both of you. If you would like to, I will be honored to publish it here, but even writing such a letter for your eyes only is still worthwhile. Either way, much love in your direction.

  3. Rach (DonutsMama)
    August 22, 2011 | 10:03 pm

    Yes, sweety, peace and purpose are closer than we think. This was such a beautiful letter and I am so proud of you for writing it. I see your progress. I see that you’re happier and you’re getting better. You can do this!!
    Rach (DonutsMama) recently posted..Knitted Together

    • story
      August 23, 2011 | 7:26 am

      I wouldn’t have even imagined it possible, but it is. We’re getting there. Together.
      story recently posted..For a Rainy Day

  4. Robin @ Farewell, Stranger
    August 22, 2011 | 8:55 pm

    The fact that you wrote this at all shows you’re doing okay.

    You will get there. I have no doubt. xo
    Robin @ Farewell, Stranger recently posted..Blue Hair and Other Things: A Life List Update

  5. Susan
    August 22, 2011 | 6:47 pm

    So glad you’re finding your way, and even more glad you’ve reached out, because I’m enjoying getting to know you as a new friend.

    I wish you peace and purpose – and know that by writing and connecting with us, you’re helping give that to others, too.

    <3 Susan
    Susan recently posted..Everything I Ever Needed to Know…

    • story
      August 23, 2011 | 7:24 am

      Oh, Susan, thank you for saying that. There is nothing that would make me happier. And I am enjoying getting to know you as a friend too.
      story recently posted..For a Rainy Day

  6. Heather H
    August 22, 2011 | 5:19 pm

    Beautiful letter, Story! So wise and so true! I pray that you continue to recover and that your journey to recovery is short. Hugs!
    Heather H recently posted..Out of sorts

  7. story
    August 22, 2011 | 1:11 pm

    Thank you Yael for featuring this. And thank you even more for helping make it true.
    story recently posted..Life’s Lessons: Things I can’t control

    • Satch
      August 9, 2014 | 1:42 am

      Whoever wrote this, you know how to make a good arcetli.

    • disability then
      September 24, 2014 | 11:25 am

      AFAIC that’s the best answer so far!

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