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This Little Letter Changed My Life

I did something about a year ago that was so liberating and freeing. You should try this. I'm telling you, it will help you.

I was asked by CBS This Morning to do a segment called "Note To Self". It's where you write a letter speaking to your younger self. Have you ever done this? If not, you should. What would you say to the child that you used to be? I'm telling you, it's amazing. Try it. Let me know how it moves you. Here's the link to the one that I did.

http://bit.ly/17fz4wp

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  • Emma Young

    If I can help one soul who has given up, feel insecure and don't have the strength to go on, then my living isn't in vain. That should be all of our goal to put aside own problems to help our fellow man to go a little farther in life.

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  • Diian chi town

    Dear Ty…, I’ve read your post many times, but never had the urge to write till now. I’ve enjoyed your stories, digging the wells, taking a glass from the cupboard and realizing there were no c********** there and especially the turning your breaker box back on in the dark in the Attic. I must say, I was never going to go in the Attic to turn those lights back on. Lol. I’ve never known of two people who lives were so parallel to one another, but were raised in different parts of the world. Hummm! Its Gods way of making your heart smile…… I’ve been so touched by “Note To Self”, that you shared a couple of days ago. Let me tell you, I had a glimpse of your soul. Yes, I said it. I’m just that kind of a Seer, Ha! Penny for you thought… Any way, I wanted to share my Note To Self with you. Here it goes: Dear Seer, Created by the hands of God himself. I see your sad smile and somewhat happy tears. You push through the rain and the pain. Your world is nothing like anything you have ever seen. Your days are with worry and shame. You hope for a better tomorrow. You were born with a rainbow in the corner of your eye. It made every wondered, who are you, and who are you going to be? Your pointed n*** and daring eyes were looking into Gods eyes for a while. Your eyes tell a story, which makes one heart, believes. The beatings and the smacking’s have made you stronger than you ever imagined. The smirks of friends, teachers and neighbors are a thing of the past. You are going places baby, yes you are. Your brilliant, resilient and there’s a great future ahead for you. Your tears will be laughter instead of pain. Your smile will be of pure joy that isn’t mixed with pain and shame. Your faith is your strength; it’s your Jesus that keeps you. Angels that were assigned to protect you. The prayers of your mother will not avail. God always come through in the end. Through the t****** and the rain, you heard your mother’s prayer. Her tears and her mourning’s were for you, praying for a better day. I see that man, that husband who waits for you. His smile goes all the way to his soul. He too, loves the t****** and the rain. He believes its God way of speaking above the plane. He will comfort you and you will comfort him. You both have something that the other needs. Only then, you both can be completely healed. He patiently lays awake, wondering where is this angel that God has promised. You are true prayer warriors. Your eyes tell the story that words cannot. You are connected spiritually. Keep your faith angel; it’s going to take you places. You’ll see. Thank you for praying for me mom! Thank you! ☺

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  • Emma Young Lake Charles, La. 70607

    Life is so wonderful once God teaches us how to put those loose ends together.

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  • Ms Proverbs MD/NC

    Hi , Great Morning to you Tyler, I was just thinking remembering when you were on Oprah show about 3 yrs ago, I believe you said that your Aunt was there too (the real Madea..LOL!) Anyways you was sharing your painful past crying. Tyler,I was crying with you and for you too. I said to myself WOW! Tyler you was so brave but I knew without a doubt that God had given you the strength to do it then. But look at you now, A man of integrity who God has healed, delivered, restored, and set free. Tyler, I saw it all over your face via "Note to Self" message. It is so amazing how God tranforms one's Life. Tyler, I love the Lord and Yes it is true that "Joy does come in the Morning" I'm smiling while typing this message to you :-) Have A Bless Day! Ms Proverbs

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  • Marquel Newark Nj

    Wow this video gave me goose bumps & i started tearing similar to me living where i live come from nothing try to work & bust my behind to make my mom happy this is why i rap & try to tell my story in lyrics trying to make it out & give my momma the life she deserves to many killings in my city & i fear for my younger brother growing up in this environment & always worried about my back hoping nothing happens to me in the streets but a little voice keeps telling me don't be afraid you will make it & all i can do is pray & keep trying i appreciate this video tyler perry even though no telling when i will be able to take care of my family & get them out of here this video makes me believe someone is going to hear me some day the doors will open the money will come & i can say i made it & got my family out the struggle Thank You....

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  • Zion Kampala, UGANDA

    Failed to view 'it' but I know that I will be able to do so one day. Thank you, GOD BLESS YOU.

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  • Larie indianapolis, In

    I've viewed the video several times. My question is how were you able to do it without crying? It was very courageous of you to be vunerable and go back through your painful past and for that I have much love for you. I wrote the letter to my younger self several months ago. It was powerful and I had to do it without any regrets. The one thing I told my younger self was that don't stay anywhere too long. When it's time to move get over the fear and Move!

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  • Angela M Jones Middletown, PA

    It's very apparent that you have some skills, Just need to say out loud I yes I had dreams and fears and reality!! It hurts to remember some of my past so I've blocked out a lot and tried to replace it with some positive thoughts!! I know that you used a lot of my past as most of the inspiration for most for of your movies I can't prove it!! I'm not crazy!! People who know me see it to!! I may be in a position of David versus Galiath!! Your not the only person That's using that technology to do what ever gives you that insight!! I moved on and as I said let it all go and when your first movie Diary of a mad Black woman!! I did think you were different but you took advantage at turning point in my life!! You can deny it all you want I KNOW THE TRUTH and it caused me years of therapy i didn't need and a lot of self doubt which was very unfair for my children and family relationships!! I've never been able to fully recover emotionally or physically from someone revealing personal situations and I know everybody has stuff but the timing is to spot on!! I'll have to live the rest of my life living a lie I know is true!!! I'll continue to say the LORD PRAYER!! hope it takes this deep hurt that i away!! Feel sorry for you that your so desperate to succeed at any cost!! You may have skills but you still needed material and from all the thing you from you past you say!! and all my past your skill and my past your FULL OF S***** And I never revealed any of those things to anyone that's what makes it unfair and hurtful!! I KNOW!!!

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  • Kelly Bagdad, Fl

    I was absolutely moved by your "Letter to Self"! Last night my mom had her monthly women's ministry meeting at her home. After listening/sharing with other women there, I am beyond moved to share this with my friends/family on facebook! I pray you do not mind that I get a little something going on with this unique idea! Totally transforming! I am going to pen my letter today but I will wait patiently before posting this idea until I could hear from you or your staff that I may run with this!! Thank you!

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  • Lomini Dhlamini Swaziland

    Hi Tyler, Thank you very much for the constant motivation, words of wisdom and re assurance that it does not matter who you are and where you are but life has its up and downs. I read once somewhere that it is not about how you fall but how fast you get up after that fall. Wallowing in self pity because of our circumstances as we grow up and or the mistakes that we make does not help much. Getting up and forging forward as well as trusting God is what keeps one going. My favorite verses are Jeremiah 29:112, Romans 8:28 and Psalms 103:11-13 and Psalms 138:8. I am slowly but surely learning to accept my failures and weaknesses. I strive to be a fully fledged Christian however I am still struggling with certain things and the verse above assures me that one day in good time, in Gods time, everything will be alright and that God will use me as his channel to inspire, motivate and give hope to those that may be experiencing or may have experienced a similar journey as mine. One does not have to go through certaing things to learn from others, nor do the experiences need to be the same bout there are certain elements that others may relate to, which may assist with whatever they are going through. God is using you in a powerful way and may he continue blessing you with wisdom and practical points of reference which make the messages that you share with us have that much needed impact. After all, Psalms 111:10 states that "the fear of the Lord, is the beginning of wisdom" and you are on the right track and forum. God bless you;-)

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  • Chris B. NC

    I never tried the Note to Self letter before, but I tried it because you told me it would help. I told my younger self to pay more attention to the smaller details and to always think positive, act positive, and you will get positive results. I also told my younger self that I needed to take my future more seriously and to never take any opportunity for granted.I had to smile to stop from crying. My eyes watered up while I was writing my letter because I feel as if I have let myself and my parents down. Its not as hard a pill to swallow when you know that you are average or mediocre, but when you are smart and intelligent and such a good person it becomes hard to get over all of the opportunities that you let s*** away and will never get back. I will do anything to make my parents and my brother happy. I know that you are a busy man Mr. Perry, but I need help from a person who knows where I am coming from.That person is you sir. I am a young smart african american man with plenty of dedication to succeed. I am very well rounded and I know that if you could take me under your wing or give me a chance at any job opportunity I will not disappoint you. I can perform any task you need done and I will always give my all because I don't want to ever feel as bad as I do now.

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  • #1 Fan

    Wow! I did the letter to myself. It was very liberating and encouraging as well as empowering. It let me see and reminded me of how far I have come. Thanks for encouraging me to do it. I love you!

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