Shifting ‘c.m.i.’ (cannot make it) to ‘Can Make I.T.’ (can make ideas together) through letter writing and exchange— Sharon Sng

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This article describes the use of writing and exchanging letters to invite and strengthen people’s preferred stories of themselves, and to reduce the influence of a failure or ‘c.m.i.’ (cannot make it) identity. These double-storied letters articulate a person’s insider knowledge about responding to unhelpful expectations about achieving ‘success’ in life. The letter exchanges offer people opportunities for collective healing as they link their stories about dealing with a problem, supporting a ‘Can Make I.T.’ (can make ideas together) identity and thickening preferred stories.