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.
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.