So what do you see?
- Is the glass half full?
- Is the glass half empty?
(Or does it only matter when you know what is IN the glass?)
Perspective matters. It matters every second of every minute of every hour of every day . . . you know the rest.
Like many bloggers, I was in search of my #OneLittleWord when Thanksgiving break arrived. I was searching, checking out the thesaurus, reviewing blogs from last year and YES, fretting about that poor little word that would focus my actions and thoughts for the next year.
Where did #OneLittleWord come from? You can read about it here from Ruth Ayres (2008) and even see how Margaret Simon used it with her students in 2015 here. You can also read some early announcements of words here, here, here, here, and here.
My word found me as I was making decisions about wrapping Christmas presents. Presents were everywhere. I had diligently removed the price tags. I had organized them by recipients. Then I added post-its (yep, color-coded) by the “recipient” as I considered those individuals who would be at multiple, multiple Christmas exchanges: my son, my daughter-in-law, and my grandson.
Easy Part – all gifts had to be prepared to travel.
However, there is a difference between gifts that travel two hours on a balmy 50 degree afternoon and those that had to be prepared to travel more than 8 hours without being crushed, torn, or so disheveled that they would need “re-wrapping”. This was an organizational nightmare.
And to compound the issue, the not so distant past included being “called out” by the blood relative (who shall remain nameless) who received about half as many gifts as the family newcomer at a previous Christmas. But names are not included in order to protect myself! 🙂
Hmmm . . . what to do?
As I surveyed the gifts and thought about every logistical concern. (How do the gifts get home? Is there really room for big gifts? What if some gifts really need to be exchanged before leaving town?) Simple questions. Multiple issues.
Gifts for the Iowa family Christmas would basically be wrapped individually in their “own” paper and too bad, so sad but the 7.5 month old grandson would have more gifts than his parents. Equal number of gifts for all three was not the major goal because after all Fair Isn’t Always Equal according to Rick Wormeli.
Then the gifts that were traveling to Kentucky would all be gift-bagged. One bag per person with the collection of gifts to be basically “tissue-wrapped”. WHEW! Major decision! I believed that DISASTER was averted and I had a wonderful plan. (Truth in blogging – Gift cards for books for nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews were not included in this decision.) All other gifts for Kentucky Christmases would also be gift bagged.
Seriously, what did this have to do with #OneLittleWord?
Well, it was all about my perspective.
What solution allowed me to designate the gift locations and collections and fill my needs?
It was all about my JOY at finding a solution that met both my needs as the giver and (I hoped) the needs of the recipients!
Joy is truly in the eyes of the beholder – whether it is the gifter or the givee! And my heart was so full of JOY at finding a solution that I knew JOY needed to be a part of my personal and work life every day for the next year.
This Christmas gift to me said it all.
My life every day this year will include: happiness, success, delight, gaiety, bliss, or the source of delight – wonder! (And see how sneakily seven other words fit under this umbrella of JOY!)
Schools and learning need to be filled with Joy, happiness, success, delight, gaiety, bliss, and the source of delight – wonder! And I will be looking for Joy in all its formats every day in schools and in my own learning.
So I will be looking for JOY each and every day and with my “half-full” perspective, I am sure that I am going to find it!
Have you found your #OneLittleWord?
Has your #OneLittleWord found you?
P.S. [Truth – three days of wrapping and organizing (after one day of LOCATING) and I was close to buying/repurposing boxes in order to scrap the bag idea. I had a hard time getting the exact number and sizes of bags that “matched” the recipient. New Solution: I just bought extra large, medium and small bags. After all my gifting, I used 31 bags and that was more math than my JOYOUS brain could handle.]
Tuesday is the day to share a “Slice of Life” with Two Writing Teachers. Thank you, Anna, Betsy,Beth, Dana, Deb, Kathleen, Stacey, and Tara. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.
Grandma Ruth and her ten children posing on the steps of the school basement.
Any guesses on which four were teachers?
Christmas this past Sunday:
Seven of the ten (including the “outlaws”) celebrating the holidays with their families.
Cousins – 55 possible . . .
Creating new memories
Connecting family members
Building bridges across the generations
Christmas with the “Baby Ruth” Family to begin the holidays!
Here’s one view of the “crowd”!
Do you have specific traditions?
How do they continue through the years?
Tuesday is the day to share a “Slice of Life” with Two Writing Teachers. Thank you, Anna, Betsy, Beth, Dana, Deb, Kathleen, Stacey, and Tara. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.