A few days ago I began to see some tweets about One Little Word. Neat idea, I thought...I should do that. It isn't likely that I actually would have done it though, until I came across a post from a teacher who lives about a 30-minute drive away from me, yet someone whom I've never met. (We really need to try to fix that soon!) I read the post by Leigh Anne Eck which was called "Looking Back", and if you haven't read it, you really should! It was here that she shared her word, one word to guide her through the upcoming year. Her writing stuck with me, so I began to give it some thought. I even went to a site (One Little Word 2014) that gave fantastic suggestions for words to use as I pondered.
Last night my word came to me, and I found it on a list of suggestions afterward! My One Little Word for 2015 is present. I am choosing this one because that's what I often need to do - be present, right here, right now. I am terribly guilty of worrying about something before it ever happens and of missing something today because I am focusing on something that's coming up in the future. Obviously, it's important to plan and be prepared, but I think I sometimes miss things that could bring joy right here in the present because I am too busy getting something ready for tomorrow or next week. I know this has happened to me at home with my family and at school with my students, and my goal is to change that.
Here is to enjoying what's happening right in front of us!