One Little Word for 2021

4 Jan

I did not select One Little Word in 2019 or 2020. I don’t remember why, but I don’t think any word I chose for 2020 could have predicted, or helped guide me through, the nightmare of 2020. As we begin 2021, though, I feel called to choose another One Little Word.

The past ten months have taught me a lot about the myriad ways the world can go topsy-turvy. I’ve had to teach remotely synchronously and asynchronously. I have learned to navigate online teaching platforms, Zoom and YouTube. I’ve seen decisions made and changed within short periods of time. I have judged and questioned people and decisions, so, in order to navigate the 2021 side of the pandemic, I have chosen TRUST as my OLW. I tend to be skeptical and judgmental of others. I am going to strive

  • to trust that people will take appropriate precautions during the pandemic an
  • to trust that people will strive to make decisions that are good for everyone, not just themselves.
  • to trust that those in charge will make the right decision about when and how we return to in person school
  • to trust that the 2021-22 changes to middle schools in my district will happen smoothly

The first way I am going to place my trust in the new year is by no longer muttering under my breath and behind my mask as I step off the sidewalk for people not wearing masks. Wish me luck!

7 Responses to “One Little Word for 2021”

  1. energylibrarina January 4, 2021 at 8:55 am #

    Beautiful, Adrienne.
    This is also my word for the new year. Most of my life has been spent struggling with trust: trusting others and mainly, not trusting myself. So as I move into new climes of trusting myself, it is not that I am I not afraid or not filled with trepidation over certain hot buttons…it is that I can trust myself! I can and do and that will guide me…
    Happy New Year and good luck with whatever you encounter and undertake for the new year!

    Sent from my iPad
    Cathie Padgett

    • Adrienne January 4, 2021 at 9:01 am #

      Thanks. I published it a day early so I can share it with my students, who will select their OLW today.

  2. haitiruth January 5, 2021 at 7:47 am #

    Trusting is definitely a challenge these days! Great choice. I have my kids picking OLWs today. Excited to see what they come up with. Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

    • Adrienne January 5, 2021 at 8:26 am #

      We picked yesterday.

  3. arjeha January 5, 2021 at 8:00 am #

    Trust is a great word. It takes a lot of effort to place trust in others when you are use to being in control (speaking of myself here). But what a weight is lifted of of our shoulders hen we can trust others to take responsibility and act responsibly. Good luck with your word..

  4. Christine January 5, 2021 at 1:21 pm #

    Trust is a great word for this year and these circumstances. I sometimes want to control every situation and I know I can’t so trust would work for me too!

  5. Ms Victor Reads January 6, 2021 at 4:38 am #

    Some of your reasons are similar to mine for believe. My students chose a word in the first semester and next week when we return will have the chance to keep or change their word.

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