It’s back-to-school week in our community. And from the pictures on Facebook of squeaky clean kids wearing new clothes and backpacks stuffed to the brim, I’d say it’s back-to-school time in a lot of places.

So much of the rhythm of our lives, whether we have children or not, depends on the last days of summer and the first days of fall bringing us another beginning. We are reminded when we shop, by the aisles full of folders and pencils and bottles of glue. We are reminded when we watch television, by the back-to-school commercials. We are reminded on our commutes to work, by the increased traffic and the bright yellow buses stopping every couple of blocks.

Something new is happening.

I saw it reflected in a few of this week’s words that readers and friends offered when I asked about their word of the week. My word was “moving,” which brings its own kind of novelty. Here are a few of the words others mentioned:

  • Happy
  • Rearranging
  • Edit
  • Exciting
  • Stressful

Life can be difficult. The news from around the world and around the corner is painful. Even getting out of bed to face the day can be hard.

Today, let’s celebrate new beginnings and fresh starts.

What’s new with you?


Photo above by Magic Madzik, via Flickr, used with permission under the Creative Commons License.