Write for You: If It Happens…

by Nancy Casey

Lots of things haven’t happened yet. But they might. They could. All kinds of things.

Today in your writing, you will be thinking about all the different kinds of things that you would be pleased to see happen.

You don’t have to describe how a thing might happen, or discuss the chances of it happening. If you would like for it to happen, that counts.

As you are thinking of all these wonderful things that haven’t happened to you yet but might, imagine how you will say thank you to those who helped to make it happen.

Sometimes we have ourselves to thank. Sometimes other people help us out, and we thank them. Sometimes a material object that happens to be in the right place at the right time makes things work out for us. So we thank unseen forces or even the object itself. Sometimes people thank the weather, or gravity.

Begin with a sentence in this form:

“If _____, I will thank_____ for _____.”

Fill in the blanks and then expand this idea a little bit. You could thank several things or people if you like. You could explain more about it by adding a part that starts with “Because…” You could write down the exact words you would use to say thank you.

Then begin again. Write a new sentence in the form:

“If _____, I will thank_____ for _____.”

Expand on that one a little bit, and start again.

After you have filled a page, read over your work. Make small changes and corrections if you want to. Give your work a title. Make sure the date is on it somewhere, too. Add decoration and color to the page as needed. Here is an example of what a person could write.

You can share what you have written by posting it as a comment below. You can type in your work. Or post a picture of it.


Nancy Casey has lived in Latah County for many years. Sometimes she teaches writing classes at the Recovery Center. You can find more of her work here. She offers (free!) writing help to anyone in recovery. This can be for any kind of writing project—resumes, letters, stories novels—email latahrecoverycenter@gmail.com for more information.

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