I’ve only been at the OLW way of life for two years. I’ve found in the past two years that it can become a small compass that can guide some of the many decisions that come my way as a mother, a wife, a friend, a teacher, a daughter, a person.
In 2017 I embraced doshare. An idea girl by nature and a talker, I found myself being a bit reserved in situations when I knew I should have or could have shared. When I coined the OLW, doshare, it was a reminder for me to let my ideas out, share them, and let them grow with others.
In 2018, reach, was my chosen word. It came to me as I watched the amaryllis in my living room grow and change and reach towards the light. It reminded me that I needed to keep reaching – reaching for connections, for stories, for books, for new recipes, for new experiences. It reminded me that when I reach, I grow.
I’ve spent the last few weeks playing around with what my 2019 OLW could be. Nothing felt quite right. I let my mind and imagination continue to play.
I was walking the dog Sunday morning, enjoying every step. There was a light snow falling, the temperature was a winter pleasant 32 degrees. It was one of those moments that you are thankful just to be. “Be?” I thought. I tried it out. I played with it. I imagined it throughout the year. With every step, I played some more.
As I played out all the possibilities that lie within the two letter word be, I began to feel it. I appreciate the simplicity of the word itself and how it can morph into more when attached to another word. A OLW that embodies possibility and guidance as the days of 2019 unfold.
“be in it”