I've seen a lot of posts (mostly around January) about people choosing their "one little word" to focus on for the year. I decided to make my Slice of Life today about my word. To start, I read more about the project here. Then, after browsing their ideas, I chose...
According to dictionary. com, nurture has many different definitions:
verb (used with object), nurtured, nurturing.
to feed and protect:
to nurture one's offspring.
to support and encourage, as during the period of training or development; foster:
to nurture promising musicians.
to bring up; train; educate.
rearing, upbringing, training, education, or the like.
the nurture of young artists.
something that nourishes; nourishment; food.
I chose this word because I think I am pretty good at "maintaining"--but nurture implies growth. I am also very adept at taking on more projects and spreading myself too thin in the process. I have so many things in my life that I think, with a little nurturing, would be able to take off and be successful.
This word also applies so perfectly to the teaching profession. Nurturing is a natural part of my day, but when things get crazy (as the end of the year can get...), nurturing can take a back seat and opportunities are missed.
This word challenges me to focus on the areas and relationships in my life that need growth. It doesn't require me to take on more, but rather to focus on what I have going that is already worth my time.
It is a word that challenges, but doesn't overwhelm me.
It's the perfect word to remind me what is really important and to keep my eyes on those things.
Nurture my goals; nurture the kids in my life; nurture my relationships; nurture what's important.