The Things You Would Have Said: The Chance to Say What You Always Wanted Them to Knowby Jackie Hooper, Joyce Bean, Fred Stella
Friends fall out of touch, we run out of time, or sometimes our courage simply fails us and thank-yous, regrets, feelings, and secrets are left unshared. In 2009, Jackie Hooper came up with a way to help people recapture a moment that had once passed them by. She began asking them to write letters that answered one question: If you had another chance, what would you do differently?
Based on the popular blog The Things You Would Have Said, this captivating collection of letters presents the moving, surprising, and inspiring stories of ordinary people. From the everyday to the profound, at times heartwarming, funny, sad, and wise, these voices range across lifetimes and even across history: an indignant young boy urges his bully to become “a better man”; an old man thanks the woman who protected his family from Nazis during the Holocaust; the mother of a boy with autism atones for the times she picked on an autistic classmate back in high school.
Compelling, cathartic, and achingly honest, The Things You Would Have Said is a journey through the lives of people who have learned that there is always a second chance.
"These heartfelt letters of hope, joy, pain, and despair combine to form a collective message: always choose love, and endeavor to live a life without regret. Can a single letter change your life? Yesand this book is proof." — Chris Guillebeau, author of The Art of Non-Conformity
"Jackie Hooper had a terrific idea: chronicle stories of important things left unsaid. The result is this poignant, humorous, and uplifting book. A fascinating read, it offers the motivation we all need to say what needs to be said while our loved ones are around to hear it." — Karl Pillemer, author of 30 Lessons for Living
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Jackie Hooper is the creator of The Things You Would Have Said project and blog. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Visit www.wouldhavesaid.com.
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The Things You Would Have Said, Jackie Hooper, Hudson Street Press, 2012, $15 Sometimes it’s culture, timing, family dynamics or death that prevent us from saying what’s in our heart. So we’re left with "I wish I had told them" and sometimes painful regret. Author Jackie Hooper started a blog, inviting people to assuage their regret by writing letters to the people they wished they had spoken the words. This book contains more than 100 such letters. These letters will move you in many ways. Especially for those to the departed, they’re reminders that keeping things inside yourself just may mean that you'll never get a chance to say what you think and feel. One never knows what each day brings, so resolve to let the people in your life know how special they are to you. Writing letters can work through unresolved issues and help heal our sorrows and regrets, no matter how much time has passed. New Connexion Journal — Alice R. Berntson