One Little Word from Stacey and Ruth at Two Writing Teachers and shared it with my third graders. I plan to do the same with my fourth graders on Thursday.
Last year, my word was balance. I think I did a pretty good job. I changed some things that I wanted to change, but there is still work to do. This year my word is reach.
I will reach inside myself and find time for quiet and understanding. I will spend time each day feeding my soul through reading, writing, yoga, walks, and hot cups of tea.
I will reach out to find joy in each day, especially those days that are wrought with hurriedness, busyness, and chaos. How can I not find joy when I spend my days with 29 inquisitive kids who still love to learn?
I will reach out to friends and family, making sure they know how important they are to me. In the same way, I will reach out to strangers, finding ways to extend kindness and graciousness.
I will stretch myself as I reach for new knowledge. I'm looking forward to some wonderful learning opportunities through my studies at OSU and with the Columbus Area Writing Project. It's important to me that I continue to learn from others in all facets of my life, not just my professional life.
Finally, I will reach for acceptance, acceptance that I can't do it all and that's OK. I will give myself a break from perfection, and striving to know it all, do it all, and be all. I will let myself struggle with new things and take myself a little less seriously. I will work towards continuing to grow into the best person I can be, for we are never really done are we?
What is your One Little Word?