She had a lot of Potential, and she knew it. She must of seen Potential in
others and had seen it change and louse it's energy. She wanted to have the
reminder. I wish the family well and feel bad about their girl won't be
there in person.
Unless one of the girl's specific disclaimers was to "not share with
anyone unless and until my unfortunate and premature passing, then go ahead and
put my private thoughts onto the internet for all to see" then her parents
should have respectfully kept her journal for themselves to treasure. She seemed
adamant that this was for her eyes only. If someone were to share my personal
thoughts like that, especially as a 12-year-old girl, I would be mortified.
SamAt Big CYour remarks did nothing for no one but
yourself. They were unneccisary. JeeezA truley remarkable story and
young lady who is with that wonderful person she talked about. Thanks for
sharing to this family.
That seems amazingly disrespectful to the child's wishes. I would fully
expect my relatives to respect any such instructions that I left around before
my death.Before doing this they should have considered how she would
have felt about it being exposed had she still been alive. No doubt she would
have preferred to keep it private, rather than it being used as a tool for other
people to feel good about themselves for short time.
Unless ye become as one of these . . . Thank you for sharing such tender
thoughts. It has caused, an 81 year old to question what I am accomplishing.
BigC and aptly named "manuretruck," the only thing disrespectful in this
is disparaging the way this family has chosen to deal with their grief. My
impression is that this young lady would perhaps be humbled that her recorded
thoughts might prove to be inspiring to others. Her stated devotion doing good
and being good lead me to believe that she would willingly and happily endure
being a little self-conscious if she, through the sharing of her thoughts and
faith, could help ease the burden that someone else is carrying. Being the
subject of an autopsy was not on my 21 year-old wife's priority list at the
time she died. But I know her. And I knew that if she thought there was even a
remote chance that her autopsy might bring any possible benefit to another
person, she would have chosen to have it done. And so I did. You had no need
to publish your critical views of this family. What they shared, they shared in
celebration of LIFE. Accept the gift graciously or walk away quietly.
"Have you prayed, worshipped, read the Bible, or gone to serve the Lord
recently? If not, get up and do so NOW! I don’t care what point in our
life we’re in right now, do it!”The previous words
convince me that in spite of her "do not open until 2023" warning the
girl was counseling her brother/sister to do and experience what she had done
and experienced. And just as the writers of the Bible and Book of Mormon knew
that their words most likely would not even be read by their contemporaries but
would serve as counsel and warning to those born later, she would have wanted
that warning/cousel to be shared with those that followed her. The warning was
given, I believe, so that it wouldn't be opened while she was still around.
Sometimes my husband and I will discuss what I will do after he dies, we figure
he will go before I do. He has five children, I have one, we don't plan
this divide by six, who knows what we will do, but he says over and over. I
will be gone, I don't care what you do. For these parents, it was their
choice and I respect them for honoring their daughter this way, and NO ONE has a
right to find fault with them.
Amen @ Jefferson
This young lady, now in the Spirit World awaiting her resurrection, will have
met her Heavenly Father. Her perspective would well have changed as to sharing
her thoughts. We need to consider that she had no knowledge that she was going
to pass on in a short time after writing this letter to herself. I'm
certain she would not mind the sharing of her thoughts with others, for their
benefit. I know that everyone who has read this article has been inspired to
become a better person; I know that I have.
Re: "That seems amazingly disrespectful to the child's wishes."Immature blather.This child's life, like that of Anne
Frank and many others, has a message that resonates with a goodly portion of the
world's suffering population. Her parents -- like Otto Frank -- are the
right ones to choose whether or not to celebrate her life, commemorate her great
faith, and bless the lives of others.NOT self-interested
strangers.I suspect those feigning outrage are actually more worried
that the wise child's thoughts may benefit those seeking comfort or greater
faith, than about the nature and depth of any theoretical privacy concerns.The child's parents are in a much better position to judge those,
anyway, and don't need help from curiously ingracious naysayers in deciding
what's best for their world and their child.
It sounds like this little girl is right where she belongs.
Accessible internet and viral stories can be exploitative and sometimes violate
and expose things that should be kept personal especially when a request to do
so exists. Is nothing sacred and not for the masses?