Thursday, January 2, 2014
#OLW - 2014
I have been thinking a great deal about the One Little Word that could help guide my life for 2014. I recently read a blog post from Clare that talked about "grit" - what a great word that would be. Recently Julie blogged about the gift of "time." Last year, my friend Katherine, chose "be." This year, she chose "balance" - that is a word that I need every year. Another fabulous word to remind her to stay in the moment. All great words, and any one of them would work for me. But I really wanted to choose something unique to where my life is right now.
Last year my word was "joy," but 2013 was a very difficult year for our family, so I found it hard to get to that word as frequently as I would like. The first few months of 2014 will be a bit rocky as well - my mom will have two hip surgeries within a 3 month span (she already had one) with all the rehab that accompanies such a surgery, and my dad is scheduled to have a complicated back surgery the first full week of January.
I need to choose a word that will guide my life this year, but will also help me navigate the all-too-real issues I will face in the upcoming months. My hope is that the word "kind" will accomplish all of that.
Kind - to both of my parents as they recover from their respective surgeries, and begin the understandable cranky attitudes that come with convalescing.
Kind - to my classes. This task is made much easier by my present classes because they are so amazing already. Our school motto this year is "Choose Kind;" having that read each day on announcements and posted throughout the school will serve as great reminders.
Kind - to my colleagues. Teachers are under a great deal of pressure right now; I see it daily with staff in our building, and if I can help alleviate even a bit of that pressure with a small kindness, that would be wonderful.
Kind - to my family and friends. Why is it that our families, especially, tend to get the "leftovers" of our energy and attention? I want to be a kinder person to the people whom I love so dearly.
Kind - to myself. Without this piece, I don't think any of the others work. I need to be kind to myself, making sure I eat properly, get regular exercise, sleep well, and make time to do the things I enjoy. If I am not kind to myself, it will be much more difficult to achieve the kindness to others.
So 2014 will be the year of "kind" for me. Hopefully, I will become one of a kind! :)
Wishing you all a very happy (and belated) New Year!
Posted by Karen at 12:24 PM