celebrate — OLW 2017 — lift

The end of the year provides extra time to read and reflect.
To collect ideas
To envision the next year.

For the past four years, I’ve chosen one word to act as a guide or a mantra. A word to remind me of what I want to act on and grow toward. I believed my success with last year’s word lift, had fallen short of my original intent.  To be fair to my OLW I decided to I reread last year’s posts and look for possible evidence of its effects. I was surprised to find more than I expected and pleased that my writing provided me benefits beyond the moment of initial reflection. This week I want to celebrate the subtle power of finding and honoring a word that can light a path for the year.

This week I celebrate my OLW with a found poem reflection.

Overwhelmed by the scope, and intensity
one sentence, line, word
sharpens meaning
to face constraints

and find the necessary
words to heal.
Counteract the ones that sting, confuse, worry
and make something beautiful.

Children lift their arms and spin around
waving warmth
taking others further
shared humanity.

Offer it
say it
out loud
every student
a bit higher every day.

Still thinking about OLW 2018 and grateful for the writing process.

Thank you, Ruth, for your inspiration and the weekly call to celebrate. Read others here at Ruth Ayers writes.

11 thoughts on “celebrate — OLW 2017 — lift

  1. I love your reflection on your OLW for 2017. You certainly have evidence of lifting others around you. In your poem, I love the image of children lifting their arms and spinning around. When I was young, we would call that “making a tornado.” The energy of students can be overwhelming. You’ve found ways to allow the energy to flow in positive ways. Happy New Year!

  2. I’m glad you took time to write a reflection for your OLW 2017. This phrase: waving warmth, gave me pause. I like the way you put those words together. What a great idea to write a poem as a final reflection.
    Shine on,

  3. OLW doesn’t have to be mighty powerful and visible. Sometimes it does it’s work quietly. And as Ruth showed, it may change if needed. Happy New year!

  4. It’s great that when you reflected, you found that “lift” did find its way into your life in numerous ways, Julieanne. When you share your teaching, thoughts about your class and what you’re doing, I feel like I want to jump back into the classroom to use your ideas. Whether really teaching or not, they “lift” me, too. Love that you wrote a poem!

  5. Sometimes when we pick one little word, we have high expectations. Then, we think it has fallen short. Your words lifting every student a bit higher every day is something I will take with me into 2018. My school year did not start off very well, and these words are a reminder of what I need to do. Happy New Year, Julieanne!

  6. I have thought about doing the OLW again, but am not sure which one to choose. The one I had the most success with was breathe and it might be a good one to repeat. I wish you a wonderful year.

  7. Julieanne, I can share the evidence of your lifting up your students in your blog posts. I always admire your willingness to try new pathways to help your students succeed. May your 2018 word find a spot in your heart and lead you onwards.

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