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Join the Two Writing Teachers blog for Tuesdays Slice of Life Challenge.

Join the Two Writing Teachers blog for Tuesdays Slice of Life Challenge.

photo by Margaret Gibson Simon enhanced on Picmonkey

photo by Margaret Gibson Simon enhanced on Picmonkey

As the old year came to a close and the new one began, I was thinking about my One Little Word, a single word to guide me through the year. I thought I had it: Inspire. This word appeared as my friend, Julianne, selected a word bracelet at a gathering at NCTE. I grabbed the word Peace, but I liked hers better. So I began thinking about how Inspire could be my OLW. I couldn’t help thinking I wasn’t entitled to this word. I kept wearing Peace on my arm.

The last few weeks, however, revealed Presence to me. I read Richard Rohr’s quote: “We cannot  attain the presence of God because we’ re  already in the presence of God. What’s absent is awareness.”

I received a camera for Christmas. It calls me to be present, notice, see.

Fire by Margaret Gibson Simon

Fire by Margaret Gibson Simon

I slowed down and looked around. What is there but this very moment?

Living this word makes me a better friend, a better partner, a better teacher. When I am fully present, I listen and truly hear.  I judge less.  I don’t worry.

I sketched about Presence in my journal.

journal Presence

Than I made a drawing from my sketch. I shared this process with my students.

Be Present drawing

I took a picture at 5:00 PM on Monday. I’m not sure if I will keep this up. It’s an idea, but not a necessary goal for being present. I love how choosing this word, I am not obligating myself to anything but being… present.

Photo by Margaret Gibson Simon, 5 PM on Jan. 4, 2106.

Photo by Margaret Gibson Simon, 5 PM on Jan. 4, 2106.

 

Holly Mueller hosts a round-up on Thursdays called Spiritual Journey Thursdays.  We will be writing about our own and other bloggers’ words.  If you want to join, go to Holly’s blog here. 

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