Tuesday, January 5, 2016

OLW 2016: Choose {SOL 1-5-16}

Here we are in a new year which means it's time to pick a new One Little Word (OLW).  I really liked my OLW from 2015 -- FLY.  It suited me well and had a huge impact on my year.

So I waited for my OLW to find me for 2016.

This past fall, Ruth Ayres wrote a post in her weekly Celebrate This Week link up about banishing the word 'should' from our lives.  That got me thinking about all the times I use the word 'should' in my internal dialogue.

I should drink more water.  I should exercise more.  I should do something other than just sit here and read.

Or the variation of should -- "shouldn't."

I shouldn't sit and read -- I have work to do.  I shouldn't spend time writing -- I have work to do.  I shouldn't buy another journal (even though I love it) -- I have journals at home I haven't used yet.

Once I made myself aware of how much I use these two words, I made a conscious effort to stop.

And that's when my OLW for 2016 found me.

CHOOSE.

This year, I will choose more.

I will choose to read.  I will choose to write.  I will choose to buy another journal.  I will choose to spend an hour napping on the patio.  I will choose to read along with my students.  I will choose which projects I take on.  I will choose to make a delicious dessert.

I will choose.

16 comments:

  1. Choosing has such a nice ring to it, Jennifer, especially when you pair it with things you like to do. Funny you mention about the journal. I saw one I just loved last week and then thought I have others unopened at home to use. Happy 2016.

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  2. I love the path from shoulds to choose. I agree that we make choices everyday. We need to empower ourselves to make this choices without a sense of guilt. Great word!

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  3. I love the path from shoulds to choose. I agree that we make choices everyday. We need to empower ourselves to make this choices without a sense of guilt. Great word!

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  4. What a great, active word! Enjoy choosing!

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  5. What a great, active word! Enjoy choosing!

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  6. Great word and a wonderful list of what you choose to do. I love the idea of napping.

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  7. Making conscious choices rather than filling those choices with guilt is such a positive way to go, Jennifer. We often said in our home, no "shoulda, woulda, couldas". It is a negative way to think. Glad you're "choosing" to do it differently!

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  8. To CHOOSE your own path and passions is such a joy. May your 2016 be full of great choices!

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  9. It's a great word. I think I may consider it for next year! I hope it serves you well.

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  10. The power of choice is really important -- I love the idea of choose. We all have the power to choose how we will respond, act and move forward. Enjoy!
    Clare

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  11. Love the choice of CHOOSE!!!! You continue to inspire!

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  12. A great OLW - it has the ring of empowerment.

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  13. A great OLW - it has the ring of empowerment.

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  14. Choose is a great word and we are on similar paths. I even mention how I chose who or what I want to be. It is fun reading everyone's story and paths taken to find those OLW's.

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  15. What a wonderful word. And I love your story of the path that led you to your word. Happy New Year.

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  16. I like your word! I've been struggling to choose my word. Hopefully, I'll have it picked by next week. I loved hearing about your journey to your word, too. Happy New Year!

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