CHOOSING YOUR ONE WORD: For the 6th year at South, I am encouraging every staff
member, student and parent to choose your ONE WORD to drive your actions, vision and
mission for this coming year. After reading Jon Gordon’s reasoning behind choosing your ONE word a number of years ago, this is a practice I started doing on my own to better help me drive me toward my WHY, my purpose.
By each of us choosing that ONE WORD and then sharing this word with each other, my hope is that this action supports a collective positive vision for our students, staff and building. As the new year begins, I would love to get as many staff, parents and students involved in this by having you select your ONE WORD for the year and submit it here. Below is a visual of all the ONE Words chosen over the past 5 years by staff, students and parents.
It is about this time each year that I reflect upon my word choice from the past New Year and begin to think about what word I hope will drive my upcoming year. A few weeks ago, as I was driving around town busily from here to there thinking about all the things I should be doing or haven’t done yet and likely being frustrated by something (the traffic, my teenage boys, stresses of work, my Ducks not making the playoffs, etc.), when an episode of “Wait. Wait. Don’t Tell Me” came on the radio with Henry Winkler (aka ‘The Fonze’) being interviewed by the host. In response to how has he maintained such a laid back and positive attitude during his entire life, he shared:
“I live by two words: tenacity and gratitude. Tenacity gets me where I want to go and gratitude doesn’t allow me to be angry along the way.
I must admit: there are times this year where I get angry. The “why” and “what” behind that might be a whole other blog series 🙂 but I do feel that what has been missing most this past year for me is gratitude. I often get frustrated with what I did not get done, what we (school or home) do not have and focus on the problem(s) versus the fortunate events that have lead up me/us being in such a great place with so many wonderful people, opportunities and resources surrounding me.
So with all that in mind, my ONE WORD for the 2020 year is GRATITUDE. My hope for GRATITUDE guiding my upcoming year is to:
- Start my day by finding one thing to be thankful for and writing it down before I start my day.
- Each week, show gratitude by writing a note, email or text to a different person to let them know how thankful I am to have her/him in my life.
- Author Toni Morrison shared, “At some point in life, the world’s beauty becomes enough.” When I find myself getting angry, I will take a deep breath and just find something near me that highlights the beauty in the world and just focus on that person, thing or scene for a short moment so that I realize how so lucky I am to have that be a part of my day/life.
I hope you join me in selecting your ONE Word for 2020. As we finish the 2019 year this week at South, I want to wish you and your family a relaxing, joy-filled winter break and a happy New Years. All of us here at South MS look forward to an amazing second half to our school year beginning January 6th!
Doug Barry, Principal