OLW 2018

Reach.  It is the word.  The word I have chosen to be my One Little Word for the year 2018.

Last year, my word was “doshare”.  I know, it’s not really a word, it’s two words that I put together to be my OLW. It worked.  Choosing that word, I think, raised my awareness of my ideas that needed to be shared and sharing them –

embracing a shared research question, what happens when  group of teachers reads joy write? 

designing, sending out the family reunion invitation

hosting the reunion years in the making

joining the TWT writing community via Slice of Life

expanding my professional resource base by including Twitter

Yes, “doshare” served me well throughout 2017 both personally and professionally.

So, all week, I wondered, what next.  What word would serve me well personally and professionally.

I’ve been watching an amaryllis bulb since Thanksgiving.  My aunt gives me one every year at Thanksgiving.  It’s an extra large bulb.  I get to watch it grow.  I love watching it grow.  I love the days right before the flower bursts from its home.  The beauty of the flower is a gift in itself.  I also love the bending and reaching that work of a growing amaryllis.  It leans toward the light.  It reaches high.  The flower stretches and opens wide revealing the details of the long awaited flower.

I had stretch, expand and reach as contenders for my OLW 2018.  When I came downstairs this morning, I looked at the amaryllis standing tall and proud, still reaching, I locked in my word – reach.

I want to reach to connect with people.  To know them and their stories.  I want to reach to always find the energy that a run can give.  I want to reach to find what is possible when group of teachers continues to meet because they read Joy Write.  I want to reach to make time to write and sketch.  I want to reach to learn.  I want to reach to see what is in front of me and beyond. I want to continue to reach for the unknown, the seemingly impossible.

I will reach to discover.

8 thoughts on “OLW 2018”

  1. I was new to the Slice of Life writing challenge and TwoWritingTeachers.org blog last year. The OLW concept was new to me then. I had not chosen one. It is an interesting concept. Although, I have not thought about it at all until it has popped up in some posts over the last few days. I am not sure I will chose OLW, although, as I said, I like the concept. I am a very goal directed person, as it is an am wondering if it will be too much baggage for me as I am already trying to pare down. Just some thoughts.

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  2. So, my first thought on reading your post and your OLW choice is the Robert Browning quote: “A man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?” It implies a continual striving for what’s better, stronger, richer, more powerful, more beautiful … reach is such a powerful verb, a word of true action. Well-chosen! The amaryllis is a wonderful metaphor, too.

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  3. I think this is a great word choice. It will likely have far-reaching effects on all of your communities. I also really like the amaryllis image to go with it. Reaching for the sun is very appropriate for you…as you seem to be able to see the bright side of every issue. It reminds me of the Walt Whitman quote that goes something like this: “Keep your face to the sun and your shadows will fall behind you.” I read that one at a time when I needed it badly. It stuck. One more connection: Have you read Rebecca Stead’s book, When You Reach Me? It’s a brilliant piece of literature. You would love it, though understanding it can be a “reach.”

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