The Reflection Pool

One Word for 2015

flickr-wordsIt’s time again for the annual look forward post. I wasn’t going to do one this year, because reflection isn’t a once a year thing for me, but I was nudged by Glenn Robbins, a principal in New Jersey, who shared his end-of-year post. In it, he was inspired by Jon Gordon come up with one word instead of a list of resolutions. Jon Gordon’s idea is a powerful one and I loved it.

My word is CHANGE.

At first read, it doesn’t seem particularly earth shattering or insightful. We talk about change all the time. Some rejoice in it, some lament it. But this word really fits for me. I like change. I find it exciting and full of possibilities. Of course, change can be so difficult. I’ve been through many changes throughout my life, including schools, homes, relationships, cities, and jobs. The constant is that I have grown stronger and learned so much from each change, large or small, and that has enriched my life immeasurably.

I want to improve every day. I want to listen better, to know more, to be more empathetic, to find out about new ideas. I want to discover new authors to read. I want to understand how people live. I want to bring equity to the forefront for everyone so we can remove barriers for our students. I want to speak Spanish! I want to grow in my faith. I want to be a better partner and friend. I want to remember people’s birthdays more. I want to support and celebrate those I work with while always urging and inspiring them to reflect and be better.

All of these require change. Most of them will happen as I make small, incremental steps towards the person I want to be and the life I want to have. When I look back throughout this coming year and again next December, I want to know that these changes helped me improve.

Now, it’s your turn. What’s your word for 2015? What word can you choose that will provide focus for you?


(Here is my brief new year’s post from last year.)

Two for Two Thousand Fourteen

Two resolutions: both are worthy of time and effort. They can make a difference to my personal and work life, provide balance and help me build relationships.

1. Listen more than I talk. I wrote a post about this earlier this year. In my current role as superintendent, this has become even more important.

2. Read more books in 2014 than I did in 2013.  Do I need to explain? Reading is the best.  You can see my reading life here at Shelfari, an online reading archive. If you have any fiction or non fiction recommendations, please post in the comments! (Update: I did it! One of the best reads of 2014? The Orenda, by Joseph Boyden)



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