My One Little Word for 2023 is PURPOSE. The older I get, the more I don’t want to miss and flit away. I want to savor every moment. Whether good or bad, I want to stay in the moment, take in the experience, and discover what it can teach me. My OLW for 2022 was Remember, but when I looked back at last year’s post – it was all about purpose. I smiled to myself. At least I am consistent. I realize that purpose is truly important to me, always at the forefront of my mind.
When you do something on purpose, you do it deliberately, with intent. It can be a positive or negative thing: He hit his sister on purpose. She sent her aunt flowers on purpose. Much of my young adulthood was not spent on purpose. I was impulsive, reactive, impetuous. Maybe that’s just the way young adults behave but looking back I realize how much my impulsiveness negatively affected my development. I was all about DOING and did not plan or think things through very much. Life happened to me; I didn’t try to create it. I didn’t think I could. I was timid, unconfident, with little self-esteem. Thank goodness, I kept growing. Reflection came and with that much more self-understanding. I began to slow down, think things through, and act deliberately. I made less mistakes. I enjoyed more moments. I began creating a purposeful path.
When you do something with purpose, you have a goal and determination to reach it. If you live your life with purpose, you are thoughtful, you execute plans, you reflect on your options. I was fortunate to have a passion which connected directly to my career. I think I was born a teacher, and I was able to put my passion into action. Even after more than forty years, I still am excited by and enthusiastic about teaching and learning. I have spent some of my best days in the presence of children. Sure, I have had my down days, but for the most part I enjoy teaching and learning. It is a creative process for me. It nourished me. It allows me to pursue my other passions: writing and art. Now that I’m heading towards the end of my career, I am looking towards writing and art to take the helm – to create with purpose, to express myself with words and painting.
Purposeful Path The way through The winter woods Is bleak, gray, lonely I break through the bracken. Ice, sticks, stones Crackle under my feet. I walk on. I walk on Choosing paths As they split and swerve Right or left, Uphill or down. I keep my pace, Birds descend from branches. Birds descend from branches. Dashes of blue, yellow, brown Dart from tree to tree. I am not alone. They sing to me in the chill air, They fly above in the clear blue, Showing me the way.