Letter to a Long-Neglected Friend

My dearest friend,


I must apologize for this inordinate delay in responding to you, though I have been well aware that youíve tried to reach out.

But honestly, I simply havenít had the time.

I need not tell you how crazy-busy my typical day is. From the 6 oíclock wake-up alarm until close to midnight, all I do is attend to things. Too many to count. Most of them, I do like an automaton. Chores that I donít need to tell you about. So mundane, but so necessary for life to go on.

Work, and the business of making a living, have always taken prime place in my life, because thatís simply how it is. Or has been.

Today, however, I am compelled to reach out to you, because I am contemplating a change. Not so much by choice, but because of my changed circumstances.

All these months and years of running too fast have finally caught up with me, and I can see how compromised a person I have becomeóphysically, mentally and emotionally. I run after material possessions to be able to lead a comfortable, cozy life. But all that running has only robbed me of comfort. I toss and turn in bed. I yell at those I love. I find it hard to relax even during a movie or a spa treatment … in fact, I can’t remember the last time I went for either one.

I donít blame you for shaking me up in so brutal a way. Sometimes, one almost needs a jolt like this. I cannot remember much of what happened. Only that I felt the ground fly up and hit me in the head. Then it all went black … and when I awoke, my forehead had this bandage around it.

I have been told not to move out of bed for a whole week. Exhaustion, says the doctor. You saw to it, did you not, that I renew my commitments to the most important person in my life: you.

I promise, henceforth, not to neglect or ignore you. I will listen to your small, unspoken requests. I will stop to read the little signals you keep sending me in your gentle, unobtrusive way. You have never asked for much–just a few minutes of time from the 17 hours I spend on other things and people.

But it is never too late, is it?

I have the answer from you … in the mirror. The smile I see reflected there lifts my heart and makes me believe that I can make it better.

I will.




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Sarah M.
Sarah M5 years ago


Sheleen Addison
Sheleen Addison5 years ago

A brilliant idea to wake you up, thank you

Siti R.
Siti R5 years ago

thanks, true we need to take care of our whole being -spiritual side too!

Charlotte A.
Charlotte A5 years ago

Very sweet reminder to take care of yourself. Thanks!

No B.
Nancy B5 years ago


Patricia H.
Patricia H.5 years ago

thanks for sharing

rene davis
irene davis5 years ago

yeh really great.

Heather M
Heather Marvin5 years ago

A good letter for everyone.

Christine Stewart
Christine S5 years ago

Thanks for the article. Take care of yourself- if you hit rock bottom, you can't take care of anybody!

James Maynard
James Maynard5 years ago

W H O A !!!!!!

Slap me with a brick and call me "Dusty"!