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A new year. A new word. A new story.
Last week I tweeted how choosing a one little word is almost as serious as naming a child. Much thought goes into choosing this word which will guide my new year. I love reading everyone's stories of how their OLW found them.
Here is my story in three parts.
In December I challenged myself to write a haiku a day. Writing every day opened my eyes. I captured life in snippets of syllables and learned that life appears differently when looking at it through the lens of a poem.
Small things appear big and big things appear small.
If you look at my blog posts, a time span of about six days is void of poems. That was the time when I was held hostage by the chaos of life and school. I was not taking the time to see the snippets, and I realized how much I missed it. I began wondering if I was missing the opportunity to see and live life because I was so wrapped up the chaos.
During this time I also was pondering my one little word. I narrowed my list to two words, but felt one was tugging a little harder than the other. I began looking for signs, quotes, or inspiration to see if this word was truly calling me.
Everything I read about this word made me feel that I had to change me by adding something or taking something away. It was do this and do that.
I didn't want to change me.
I was discouraged, and I began looking for another word.
I have a student writing group, and I started making an "I am..." idea prompt in my notebook. As I was making this list:
I realized that some of these titles were who I am, but most were who I became. There is a difference.
I decided to change my list to "I choose..." and my list started looking like this...
to believe in God
to be kind
That is when I realized that my one word I had been thinking about was right all along. All three of these events became an epiphany.
I don't have to change who I am.
I get to choose who I am, and I choose to become me by living and capturing my life in snippets.
In snippets that matter.
In snippets with intent.
My One Little Word for 2016: