Then I attended a writer's retreat with Ruth this summer, and she mentioned the word again in a chat we had sitting on a porch overlooking a gully in the beautiful Hocking Hills area. This time, I quickly typed the word into my Notes app on my iPhone.
The next time I heard the word was at a NCTE session where Ann Marie Corgill, Patrick Allen, and Tony Keefer presented. Tony referenced Ruth's keynote from June and mentioned how much this word had come to mean to him in his teaching life. I wrote the word again, this time in all caps in yet another notebook, and I tweeted it out for others to know as well.
The word that keeps coming back to me: JOY.
I have been thinking about how to bring JOY into my life since June when Ruth's keynote gave me goosebumps and brought tears to my eyes. The fact that I kept encountering the word along the way these past six months was just cosmic, and meant to be.
- joy that I can participate in physical activities that will allow me to lead a healthier life
- joy in the time I spend with friends and family
- joy in the time I spend with my students
- joy in the small moments in life
- joy in the process of creating, especially writing
- joy in the fact that my PLNs continue to push and support my learning
- joy in my time for myself
- joy that I am going to publish this with yet 20 minutes to go before Slice of Life Tuesday is over :) -- well maybe not joy, but pretty darn happy I have my word before Jan. 1 has come to an end