I sometimes find myself thank my past self.
I am at the cabin, so I thank myself for the firewood. Having cleaned up the kitchen the day before. Bringing food I enjoy. And so on.
It can seem a little silly, but there is a method to the madness.
It’s a way to express gratitude in general.
And it’s a way to connect my different selves – past, future, and present. It helps me now to do kind and thoughtful things for my future self, partly because that future self will be grateful for it.
Yes, I know this is all in my mind. These selves – the past, future, and present – all exist in my mind. They are images and mental representations happening here and now. And that doesn’t really matter. I can still express gratitude, and still do kind things for my future self.