Letters worth sharing

Pera Barrett: Letters to my daughter and son that I think are worth sharing with the world. The life lessons I’ve learned and want to pass on, the cover everything from resilience, to handling stress, the New Zealand political system, happiness, productivity, grief and depression – pretty much whatever lessons life throws my way. I write them down before I forget.

What a Car Crash & Death Taught Me about Life & Happiness PART 2 (Perspective)

Dear Huhana and Kāhu ō te Rangi, Firstly, if you haven’t already, then please read part one of this letter. Part one makes up the first and most important lesson I learnt while trying to stop my life crumpling up like the bonnet of the car I crashed. I talked about happiness, because that’s something you …

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Copying the good ones, and the scariest dinner

Dear Huhana and Kāhu ō te Rangi, Huhana, we just finished dinner. Pretty boring start to a letter, huh?It wasn’t any ordinary dinner though, it was terrifying. Everything started off fine. We were both at your little person’s table. You were sitting on your little, you-sized chair. I was on the floor, balanced on my me-sized knees.I was spooning a hot bowl of …

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Letter to daughter: Hold your loved ones close

Dear Huhana and Kāhu,   Last night I dreamed my Grandad Ray (your Great Grandfather), had passed away. In the dream, my phone rang.   “Hello?’ “Hey,” Mum said, “Grandad’s died.” Three words.  I felt my stomach drop, but Mum sounded so composed. No surprise really. Her, the toughest woman I know.   “OK, I’m on my …

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