Embrace…just one little word, with so much meaning. According to dictionary.com here are a few,
– to take or receive gladly or eagerly; accept willingly
– to avail oneself of: embrace an idea
– to encircle; surround; enclose.
This time last year I searched to find the perfect “one little word” to carry me through 2017. I had participated in Ali Edwards’ One Little Word project in 2016, and I wanted to do it again. I was off work, on leave as a result of my ankle pain. I was hanging in limbo going to medical appointment after medical appointment and had no idea what would happen. I ended up choosing two words “forward” and “embrace”. Embrace became my motto and propelled me through the year.
I embraced each medical appointment I attended with the desire to get well and move forward. I embraced my relationship with my husband, enjoying all his great personality traits that bring joy to myself and our children. I embraced old and new friends and activities, even when I was sore and tired. I embraced my children, especially after our son was hospitalized. I embraced my hobbies that brought peace to my days.
The greatest challenge this year came when I received a call from my employer that I was to begin a return to work. I had no new medical clearance, no warning from WSIB, just received a call one day. I decided not to fight it but embrace it as a test to see how my life was to move forward. That return was full of bumps and bruises, obstacles and challenges, and there were many times I wanted to give up. However, I discovered that I enjoyed being back at work. So, I embraced each day, focused on the good and made it till the end of June.
I went back to school this past fall to teach a Grade 4/5 class. No EA support, no medical appointments, no new interventions from the school board. It was just me and 21 children. What a journey it had been! I honestly never thought I would manage the physical demands of the job. I have embraced each moment with those kids…embraced their energy, their hardships, their desire to learn. Together we created a positive learning environment, where I can sit or hobble to help, where I have discovered how much I enjoy my chosen career. On the days I felt challenged, I reminded myself to embrace my life.
I’m so proud of myself. I don’t mean to brag, but I mean super proud of myself. I’m back working…ankle pain, fibromyalgia and all. And I know a lot of it was because of my attitude and my “one little word”, embrace.
Since Christmas I’ve been searching for my my new word for 2018. I’m super excited by it!! It’s “hygge”. I can’t wait to see what it will bring to my days. I know the word “embrace” will stay with me for a long time though, because it carries beautiful memories that remind me of all the good in my life and how strong I am.
If anyone is interested in following Ali Edwards and her “one little word” project you can read about it on her website here
Best wishes for an amazing 2018 for all my readers and friends. May you embrace each day and the people you love!