Grateful

We are a little over a month into the new year and I have read several posts in regards to the author’s “One Word” for 2018. I am new to blogging, but not reading blogs and yet this concept of “one word to change your year” is new to me. I have enjoyed reading about different goals and perspectives for the upcoming year. As a result of reading and upon reflection, I felt inspired to discover my own and set goals for 2018. So I realize I’m a bit late, but hey better late than never! So here it goes…

My one word for 2018 is GRATEFUL. As I read and reflect, many words came to mind but grateful stood out as it came into my consciousness.

I am grateful for my past experiences. I have a beyond blessed life and yet I had taken the vast majority of it for granted. My personal and professional lives intersected with so many opportunities and blessings and I never really took the time to be present and thankful for it. Instead I allowed arrogance and bitterness to take course and it snowballed over time. As a result of said selfishness, I nearly lost all of what I had been blessed with. The past couple of years have been humbling and I have to say I am grateful for it. I know cannot change the past but I know I can learn from it and do my best to make the most of what I have today.

I am grateful for my faith. Through everything my faith has seen high highs and low lows. However I have learned that God is greater than the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. I’m so grateful for this life lesson and the opportunity to share it with others.

I am grateful for my family. I am so blessed to have my wife and kids with me on this journey. They are my rock. They have never wavered. I am grateful for them and look forward to our year to come.

I am grateful for my colleagues and connectors in the field and beyond. As the Canadian philosopher Drake said, “What a time to be alive”. To live in a world where we connect and learn via social media and blogs has been so revitalizing. As stated earlier, it’s easy to get stuck and become bitter. I am reminded constantly as I read and listen to thought leaders in the field and beyond of how exciting it is to be an educator. It is genuine joy to see new blog posts and tweets in my social media feed. To reflect and share with others…to soak it in and let it shine.

I’m grateful for the year to come. I have so much to learn and to experience. With that in mind, here some grateful goals for 2018:

  • Be present and enjoy each moment
  • Listen more, talk less
  • Read, reflect, and write
  • Stay humble, hustle hard (phrase credit to Philip DeFranco)

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Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2018.