“Our uniqueness, our individuality, and our life experience molds us into fascinating beings. I hope we can embrace that. I pray we may all challenge ourselves to delve into the deepest resources of our hearts to cultivate an atmosphere of understanding, acceptance, tolerance, and compassion. We are all in this life together.” (Linda Thompson)
I was reading a yummy post on What’s For Dinner Moms? blog and it reminded me of my 2016 word: Understanding.
I had almost completely forgotten about it as the pressures of home and work have kept me extremely busy. So, I am taking a minute to see how my 2016 word has been working out so far.
It’s a bit more than half-way through the year. Lots has happened and you’d know more about what if I was a better blogger. Regardless, I think “understanding” has shown through in many ways; to date.
Without getting political, I have a better understanding of where my friends’ political views stand. I don’t agree with some of them, but I can follow their reasoning. It’s also helped me to understand where I do and don’t belong. I was feeling on the fence about certain groups I was in. Learning some new information helped me know that it was time to distance myself, in and in one instance, leave a group I thought was right for me.
That being said, a friend, has been very inspirational and looks for the good in others. I have gained more understanding into what my triggers are and am working on trying to see the other side of the coin, if you will. I’m trying not to judge as much, which in turn, leads to a better understanding of people and the situations they are going through.
For the most part, “understanding” has been a very appropriate word and it suits 2016 well. I will be selecting a new word for 2017, so join me closer to the new year to see what I have chosen. You too could join the “ditch the resolution and pick a word” club.
If this has intrigued you, and you’d like a word for 2016, go ahead…select one…see how it plays out for the rest of the year. If you’re not shy about it, I’d love to know what word you chose.
“Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-actualization.” (Bo Bennett)
A few years ago, a friend introduced me to her way to acknowledge the upcoming year. She didn’t make resolutions, but instead, chose to select a word to represent her in the new year.
As I had given up making New Year’s Resolutions, I thought this was a fabulous idea. My first year participating in this was 2014 and I had chosen, ‘Perseverance’ as my word. It was very applicable at the time. My word for 2015 was ‘Genesis’. The word turned out to be very appropriate with all the new beginnings and changes that took place this year.
As 2016 is about to roll in, I have to select a new word. The word I choose to represent me is, ‘Understanding’. My world has been a runaway train over the last few years. I’m finally gaining some perspective, made some necessary decisions, and in 2016, I’m hoping to continue my personal growth and find more understanding in my life and with those around me.
Would you like to join me in selecting a word for the New Year? If so, what word do you choose?
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“Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.” (Alice Walker)
“Man is not, by nature, deserving of all that he wants. When we think that we are automatically entitled to something, that is when we start walking all over others to get it.” (Criss Jami)
Last night, we began reading a book about frogs for our science lesson. We actually had been talking, earlier that morning, about when I grew up how I used to go “frogging”. From the perspective of a 9-year old, city girl, she thought that was funny. For a kid growing up in the country, before cable came into existence, it was something to do.
We turn the page, there’s a picture of fingertips holding a tiny frog.
Photo from “Frogs” by Reader’s Digest Young Families
I have to say, what happened next is definitely one of my favorite parts about homeschooling. The life of tadpoles and frogs was momentarily forgotten. The focus? The hand. My daughter started to talk about what finger the little frog was sitting on. Now that might seem strange to some. It would have probably irritated a public school teacher because she wasn’t focused on the reading. Yet, I smiled and let her continue. She was discussing which finger. She was talking her way through if it was the ring or middle finger the frog was on.
Just then, my pup needed attention, so I asked her to continue reading aloud. No reason we can’t get some language arts mixed in with our science lesson, right? She continued reading and I as I return to the table, I can see how interested she’d become in the book. She finished the page, and looked again at the fingers (opposite page). She now offered proof of what finger was in use by the frog.
She compared her own hand against the one in the book. She stated how the finger the frog is on is slightly longer than the other two fingers. She said it had to be the middle finger. If it was the ring finger, the next finger would be the pinky. As the pinky is so much smaller than the ring finger, it would drop off the page.
Deductive reasoning in action. It was a proud mommy/teacher moment. It showed she was being observant. It showed she wanted to know more. She’s learning to question what she sees. It’s showing she’s learning. Seeing your child learn, understand, and grow confident in her knowledge is priceless. This is what homeschooling offers me.