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OLW: Release

It’s that time of year again for many of us teacher-bloggers: the time to choose our very own “one little word” – the word we will reach for and seek comfort in, the word we hope distills the best of our wishes and aims in the year ahead.  Just. A. Little. Pressure.  And why?  Because, as Ruth said in the video she sharedour OLW is the word we choose to live with (whether we know it when we choose it or not).  Sometimes the journey to one’s OLW is easy – it just appears and is immediately perfect, and sometimes it’s an agonizing journey – so many shiny and “just right” words to choose from! (A Teaching Life)
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I am a control freak. I do things faster and better than all of you. I do. Really. So I HAVE to do everything for everyone or it. Won't. Get. Done. Right. Or fast. Right?
But, I'm so tired. I mean I'm that kind of bone tired that makes me want to hurl myself down a set of stairs just because it seems too exhausting to walk down each stair.
This control behavior is hurting people. People whom I love with all my heart. My children aren't learning independent behaviors. My husband isn't learning how everyone in our family ticks. I am not doing the things I love most because I'm so consumed with everyone else's business.
This year I'm letting them go. My OLW is release. I'm terrified and thrilled at the same time.

Comments

  1. Think about it every day...and it will happen ❤️

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  2. Yay for you! You chose the perfect word and for the perfect reasons!

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  3. I admire how you identified what you need and chose a word that will allow you to be the best you can be. Release feels right, like opening up and being able to accept new things that come your way.

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  4. This is word shows how reflective you are. It may not be easy to let got, but think of the things you could/will redirect your energy toward; and in the end... all will grow.

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