Last year I joined the Slice of Life Challenge with no clue what I was in for. Sure, I thought “This will be fun. I’ll practice my writing a little more purposefully, get feedback as well as inspiration from others.” Well, it was fun! I was more purposeful (beyond what I could have anticipated) and the feedback and inspiration was nothing I could have imagined.
At times it was exhausting. I was overwhelmed and struggling to post some days. At times it was exhilarating. I couldn’t wait to get home and share an experience or idea. But what I couldn’t have anticipated was how differently I experienced life for the month of March. Suddenly everything was more real, vivid, and colorful. I felt more alive. I saw everything as a story to be told and it gave the small things such importance. It graced me with such a sense of gratitude for each conversation, experience, or emotion.
I’m trying to start this #SOL17 with no expectations-I find that’s the best way to eliminate (or reduce) frustration and disappointment. But I DO have a clue for what I am in for and I am ready to slice with my eyes (and my heart) wide open.
I am grateful to all of my fellow slicers who will inspire me this month. I am especially excited that 3 other teachers in my district will be slicing as first timers this year. I have always admired them and this raises my respect to new heights. I will read far more slices than I’ll have time to respond to, so just know that your words are being received and appreciated and your energy is infectious.