I love the practice of selecting a One Little Word (OLW) to guide and inspire the year. The word I've selected for 2021 is SOLUTIONS. For me, this word is a reminder to look for ways to improve what needs fixing. In the past, I've spent time analyzing the problem, wondering why and how I've found myself in certain situations and getting lost in the emotion. SOLUTIONS is about focusing on the one thing I could do to make whatever problem I face a little easier. It's a step forward, it's taking action. It's about the present moment and how I can make it better instead of focusing on the problem itself.
Some areas of my life where I seek to work in SOLUTIONS includes my health, organization, teaching practice, parenting and time management. I have a vision for who I could be and I hope that SOLUTIONS takes me closer to becoming the best version of myself.
When a problem or obstacle arises this year, as it surely will, I hope SOLUTIONS will inspire me to think of ways around it or through it. I hope SOLUTIONS keeps me grounded in the present moment and possibilities.
My past words have been HAPPY, AUDACIOUS, TIME, DO, and PURPOSE. Each word tells a story of where I was in my life and what my priorities and focus have been. I love this practice and look forward to thinking of SOLUTIONS each day. I love Stephanie Affinito's idea to think of one little thing for your OLW each day. She wrote a great post describing it here.
What is your OLW for 2021?
Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski