In 2015, "Breathe" was my One Word for the year. At school we were going through a major building renovation and I knew there would be many stressful moments so I wanted to focus on my breathing. I started doing yoga again and a friend gave me the bracelet you see in the photo above. Recently I was wearing it at school and a student asked me what it was. I gave her a pretty honest answer. I told her my bracelet was there reminding me to take a nice deep breath before speaking so I wouldn't say something I would regret later. I think my word did help me this yea, but on some occasions, I was still not my best self.
I will need to keep my breathing in mind this year too, but as I think about a new word for 2016, a slightly light-hearted word keeps bouncing around in my head - Smile. I've been listening to the soundtrack to Hamilton. In the song "Arron Burr, Sir" a line is "...talk less, smile more." I don't necessarily believe the idea he is proposing - that one should listen, smile and not allow people to know what your opinions are. I do think though, that smiling more would be a good thing for me and the people around me.
(the line is at near the 1:00 min mark)
Here are a few great songs about smiles:
I found a great TedTalk by Ron Gutman called "The Hidden Power of Smiling" and he convinced me that this would be a great word to adopt for the year.
I would like to practice smiling more despite how I am feeling. I want to share a smile with others. I also want to think about those things that make me smile and work to do them more often.