Reading posts about what others have said their One Little Word would be for 2015 got me thinking about mine. I looking back at my word for last year, acceptance, I feel that I have embraced it. I accepted that I can no longer do what I was once able to do.
In thinking about a word for this year, I don’t have a story as so many others do. The word just kind of came to me while I was sitting quietly. It hit me that this is the word I want to live by in 2015.
My word is simplify. There are many things I should simplify in my life. For one thing there is my closet. When I taught, I had about 20 sport coats and at least 50 ties, not counting Christmas and other holiday ties. Well, since I retired I can count on one hand how many times I have worn a jacket and tie and still have at least three fingers left over. So why are these things taking up valuable closet space? It is time to go through them and be ruthless. They are in good shape and I can easily donate them.
When I retired I brought home boxes of lesson plans and things I did with my students. They are sitting untouched for the last year and a half. Why am I keeping them? I know that I will not go back to teaching. It is time to simplify what I have and just maybe keep only I can use when and if I do a presentation for our local Writing Project.
Then there are the books. Between the books I have collected and those Kathy has we have hundreds of them. I know that most I will never read again so why do I hang on to them. Our local library has used book sales throughout the year. I can easily donate to the cause. Our local newspaper holds a huge book sale twice a year. They are always looking for donations. Why not share books I have enjoyed with others? Plus it gives me a good excuse to buy more books…not that I need an excuse.
Yes, the more I think about it the more it seems like simplify will be my word for 2015.