Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for providing a place to share our weekly SOLs.
I thought this might be a great week for a review of my OLW: HOPE. Looking through the search tool on my blog, I found seven posts on it.
If I am being honest, this year has been challenging for HOPE. I still keep searching for it. Last Thursday was International Peace Day. I reminded my staff of the day. One colleague (also a friend) didn’t appreciate the reminder and left me with a rather negative spin on the day. I found myself responding in this manner: “We must continue to strive for whatever peace there is in the world.”
Hope is striving for peace. I don’t have much control of the world at large. I have control over what I say and my actions. This year, more than ever, I have been intentional in finding ways to promote hope.
It’s been offering a New Year Postcard Exchange, writing postcards to students in the summer, weekly texts to those who live miles from me and are important in my life. It’s been smiling at strangers and taking in the majesty of a bald eagle. Or photographing one remaining flower as it hangs on to summer.
of summer petals
hope hangs on
© jone rush macculloch
One of my goals for this year has to been to write a daily haiku. That hasn’t occurred but I have been writing more than in past years.
As I push into fall, I plan to continue with the hope that school will be a warm and welcoming place, that my family knows how much they are loved, and that each day will provide the extraordinary in the ordinary.