“You get to create who it is you are, and what it is you are capable of … So when you can imagine something big and bright and amazing for your future and believe that, then you create those emotions now. When you’re thinking about things that you regret in your past and things that happened to you in your past, when you think about that, you’re creating that emotion now.”


“Everything in your life, in front of you, is a blank slate. You don’t have to bring any of your past with you; none of it. You can leave it all in the dust if you want. That blank slate in front of you is yours. It is your gift for being a human and having an imagination. You could change everything in your life right now if you want…live from that future space!”

So what. So who do I WANT to become?

  • peaceable
  • wise
  • meek
  • relationship-centric
  • a teacher
  • inspired
  • in control of myself and my emotions
  • hard-working
  • trust worthy
  • capable
  • intentional
  • a safe-place for others
  • living below my means
  • a “magnificent being of grace and light”

Scripts. I wish Brooke had used some examples of “scripts”. I am not sure exactly how to do this. But I will trust my creative brain and jump right in.

How would I answer the question, How are you doing today?

  • “I am doing really well. Tell me, how are YOU doing? How are you feeling?”
  • “I love you”
  • “I am totally content”
  • “Everything in life is rigged in my favor”
  • Answer with something I am looking forward to in the future

How would I reply when someone makes a comment about my children?

  • They are a joy to me
  • They are my favorite people on earth

How would I respond to potential criticism

  • Oh, I think it is all going to be okay

How would I change the subject if the conversation turned to gossiping?

  • Oh, I think it is all going to be okay
  • She (he) is doing with best she (he) can with what she (he) has
  • I wonder if that could be said of me

Future me would take opportunities to inspire and testify of a loving God. I would take opportunities to tell the truth and allow people to feel how they choose to feel. I wouldn’t berate people, including myself. But I would avoid insincerity like the plague. I would hear people out and think before speaking. I would gather others opinions before sharing my own. I would study and internalize words of wisdom from others, memorize their words, share their words, live their words. I would dream out loud, unashamed. And I’d ask others to share their dreams, too. I would tell stories instead of advice.

Clever lines I would use:

  • It’s my one weakness
  • Us, Kate
  • God is on our side
  • I understand what you’re saying, and your comments are valuable, but I’m going to ignore your advice

That one kills me! I am laughing right now just thinking about it!

More tomorrow. I want to address the application of these principles, tomorrow. And a few more podcast episodes next week on my relationship with my future-me.


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