One Little Word #sol19
January 8, 2019
I began choosing one little word the year my physical world got shaken like a snow globe and suddenly almost everything about my every day changed. That one little word in 2010, possible, helped me remember my inherent optimism. It helped me persevere, another year’s word, in the midst of enormous change. So I stuck to this little word idea for all these years mostly in silence. Then I began to blog and my little word became a thread through my blogs. Last year’s word, notice, centered my practice and guided me like a mentor through the questions and the work.
As many have said, choosing a one word can be dicey. Many pop up and roll around on your tongue and through your consciousness. They are like a beautiful dress on a mannequin, striking, but when I try them on, just not right for me, right now. Some I’ve come back to in a different year where they fit more perfectly, others I’ve left behind.
This year’s struggle was the same. Quite a few came through in December, but grief and struggle pushed them aside this year. Until I saw one picture. The picture wasn’t necessarily connected to my work, though it did have a school bus, but the idea it represented, that idea wrapped around me like the perfect sweater, reflection.
I began to research my idea of reflection. As a blogger, I consider myself to be fairly reflective or is it just thoughtful? And I saw this quote. We do not learn from experience… We learn from reflecting on experience. So many experiences, so many attempts, so much noticing, but what we really learn from is reflection.
So this year, I’m going to carve out time to reflect. One definition of reflect says to throw back without absorbing it in the way that the puddles on the road reflect the sun. I wish to reflect others’ amazing work, drawing attention to its strength, innovation, and thoughtfulness. Showing them their amazing feats, be it students or colleagues or passersby. That’s what last year’s word, noticing, taught me, the act of noticing gives things power.
I also want to be personal in my reflection, think deeply and carefully about things. I’m often in a rush, think quickly and act quickly. It’s a big school and a busy day. Reflection works at both ends of an act. To reflect prior to acting gives space. Space for others and moments for the ideas to form more fully. Reflection after can be a celebration of all that was. Reflection can be space to contemplate what comes next. Reflection can be a consideration of change, adapting, or enhancing.
So here’s to a year of careful consideration, reflection.
Thank you Two Writing Teachers for creating this amazing space for careful considerations, read so many more one little words and reflections here.