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Slice of Life: When Your OLW Sneaks Up On You! #SOL19 #TWTBlog

My OLW this year is wonder.  I have been getting to know this word over the past two months.  So far it has pushed me to question more, look beyond what is in front of me, and see new horizons.  It is a word that causes me to pause.  I have to stop what I am doing and interrupt my train of thought, in order to wonder.  It keeps me grounded in the moment and entices me to look beyond at the same time.

This evening I was exchanging an email with an instructional coach and couldn’t help but notice the quote she uses in her signature:

“What a wonderful thought it is that some of the BEST days of our lives haven’t even happened yet.” -Anne Frank

It stopped me in my tracks.  Wonderful.  Wonder is the base word of wonderful.  I never connected these together.  When you are full of wonder things are wonderful.  I now LOVE my OLW!!  And this quote sums it up perfectly.  When you live in a state of wonder you appreciate where you are and live in anticipation of tomorrow. 

If you want to learn more about OLW check out this post.  Most people choose their word in January, but why not March.  Thanks, @MrsMoodyIC for the inspiration!  Clare

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    Kathleen Sokolowski
    Posted at 10:43h, 06 March Reply

    Beautiful! Love your OLW Wonder. Mine is TIME. As I prepare to turn 40, it just felt like the right word for paying attention to this precious commodity. Life is all too fragile and precious. Time should not be wasted on things that don’t move us forward. I’ll be on the lookout for more wondering my life!

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    Lynne Dorfman
    Posted at 10:54h, 06 March Reply

    Love the choice of wonder! I will check out the OLW post. You would love Rachel Carson’s Sense of Wonder.

    “If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life.”

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    Jaana
    Posted at 11:02h, 06 March Reply

    These words, “When you live in a state of wonder you appreciate where you are and live in anticipation of tomorrow.” So powerful Wish we could all live like that.

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    Mandy Robek
    Posted at 11:19h, 06 March Reply

    I think a OLW project shifts and flows – keeping it fresh and alive. Wonder and wonderful – a perfect connection here.

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    Erika Victor
    Posted at 12:07h, 06 March Reply

    I love how OLWs become more important as you get to know the many facets. I am loving my word, intentional, as well!

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    Paula Bourque
    Posted at 12:20h, 06 March Reply

    OLW is so WONDERFUL. Mine is GRATITUDE this year. For the month of February I invited our teachers to choose OLW for just one month because it can be difficult to think of one to last an entire year. I’m going to blog about it at some point, but one school even took a staff meeting to paint canvases of their word and created a gallery in our hallway. I think you chose a fantastic word. Thanks for a great slice today!

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    Diane Dougherty
    Posted at 12:39h, 06 March Reply

    I’ll have to check out OLW. “Wonder”ful choice, Clare.
    Sometimes I forget to recognize the wonder around me. Lots of times I don’t wonder enough! I’ll think some more about this. Thanks for the slice today.

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    Terje
    Posted at 19:51h, 06 March Reply

    Over and over the various stories prove how carefully chosen OLWs make a difference and bring positive aspects to life.. Your word “Wonder” is wonderful indeed.

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    Karen Szymusiak
    Posted at 00:53h, 07 March Reply

    Love your post! Your OLW continues to blossom!

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    Melanie Meehan
    Posted at 02:25h, 07 March Reply

    I had wonder a couple of years ago and I LOVED it. Wonder and present have been my two favorites. I LOVE that you connected it to wonderful, and I’m not usually an acrostic poem fan, but yours is great!

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