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We've all missed the chance to say something important. Friends fall out of touch, loved ones pass away, or sometimes the courage required is simply lacking -- 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 ...
We've all missed the chance to say something important. Friends fall out of touch, loved ones pass away, or sometimes the courage required is simply lacking -- 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.
Based on the popular blog The Things You Would Have Said, this extraordinary collection of letters brings together the moving, surprising, and inspiring stories of ordinary people. By turns heartwarming, funny, sad, and wise, the letters showcase a remarkable range of voices and subjects. From the indignant young boy urging his bully to become "a better man," to the woman apologizing to the girl she picked on in high school, to a man thanking the woman who protected his family from Nazis, the letters bring together an outpouring of emotion that is as compelling as it is cathartic.
"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? Yes—and 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
Posted April 27, 2013
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
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Posted March 22, 2013