One rainy day last year, while staying at a condominium at the beach, I took my two youngest sons to the indoor pool. There were two older women in the heated pool alone, deeply engaged in talking to each other. I said, “I apologize in advance for the ways we are about to change your environment.” One of the women said, “We are excited you are here. We are completely open to any experience,” and she made a sweeping, welcoming gesture with her hands. I later learned that they were sister-in-laws, both of whom had lost their husbands (who were brothers) in the last year. They very intentionally and lovingly interacted with my boys–who splashed and played with raucous joy–and they clearly did not lament for a moment our intrusion on their quiet retreat. I thought then, I want to be open like that.
As you may have guessed by now, my OLW for 2017 is open.
Choosing one little word (OLW) is a relatively new New Year tradition for me. I have quickly grown to love the process of choosing a word, and hearing about how other people decide on their words. To read more about choosing OLW, see Julieanne Harmatz’s word choice on To Read To Write To Be, or Melanie’s blog post on Two Writing Teachers. And/or check out Ali Edward’s list of possible words to start your selection process. Try on different words and see what your body tells you about how they fit you. If you pick a word, we would love for you to share your word and why you chose it!