At the beginning of January I came across the #oneword concept. As I began to ponder what my #oneword2016 might be, I realised that this was not a new concept to me personally, but I had not before recognised it ‘formally’. On reflection I had selected Hope as my #oneword2013 and Enjoy as my #oneword2014. Interestingly I did not have a word for 2015, though a friend did suggest it might have been Survival.
I thought I had my #oneword2016 nailed in the first couple of days of January, and was then dismayed when someone else beat me to blogging about it as their #oneword. The word hung around for all of January and I had accepted the idea that it was okay to have the same word as someone else. I put off blogging about it because I was hopeful that I might by the end of January know what direction my professional circumstance was taking in 2016, and then be able to link that to my #oneword. Well I still don’t know, and wouldn’t you know it on the 31st January I changed my word, and now two days later I am making the time to put it in writing.
I feel privileged to teach from a curriculum learning area that has Hauora as one of its underlying concepts. (Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand Curriculum, 1999)
Hauora is a Māori philosophy of health unique to New Zealand. It comprises taha tinana, taha hinengaro, taha whanau, and taha wairua.
Taha tinana – Physical well-being
the physical body, its growth, development, and ability to move, and ways of caring for it
Taha hinengaro – Mental and emotional well-being
coherent thinking processes, acknowledging and expressing thoughts and feelings and responding constructively
Taha whanau – Social well-being
family relationships, friendships, and other interpersonal relationships; feelings of belonging, compassion, and caring; and social support
Taha wairua – Spiritual well-being
the values and beliefs that determine the way people live, the search for meaning and purpose in life, and personal identity and self-awareness (For some individuals and communities, spiritual well- being is linked to a particular religion; for others, it is not.)
Each of these four dimensions of hauora influences and supports the others.
Dr Mason Durie’s whare tapawha model compares hauora to the four walls of a whare, each wall representing a different dimension: taha wairua (the spiritual side); taha hinengaro (thoughts and feelings); taha tinana (the physical side); and taha whanau (family). All four dimensions are necessary for strength and symmetry. (Adapted from Mason Durie’s Whaiora: Māori Health Development. Auckland: Oxford University Press, 1994, page 70).
Hauora is a word that I have ‘taught’ the meaning of to my students for many years now. However, as we all know there is a huge difference between having knowledge, and applying knowledge. I have chosen Hauora as my #oneword2016 because this year I want to ensure that I focus more on all four dimensions of my well-being. I am determined to take my own advice and ‘look after myself’ more. I need to ensure that I find a greater balance in my life and do not neglect any of the dimensions.
So, without quite knowing what direction things are going to take yet on the professional front, I am hoping for a year of great learning, challenge, fun and laughter, with friends and whānau. I am grateful for all the connections that I have made and excited about the possibilities of making more connections, and hopefully meeting some people face-to-face, whom so far I have only met ‘virtually’.
Some goals that I started writing during January to get me started (in no particular order):
- Go to a live concert
- Enter and compete in a running event that I haven’t taken part in before, with bonus points if it is in a part of NZ that I have not visited before.
- Take my cricket mad son to a KFC Big Bash match in Australia for his 13th birthday (December)
- Go overseas with my family (could potentially also knock off #1 and/or #2 with this one but #3 does not count according to 14yr old son who is not quite so cricket mad)
- Get back into yoga
- Be deliberate in my use of Te Reo Māori, and pronouncing NZ place names as they should be pronounced even (especially) when the ‘common’ or more widely accepted pronunciation is different.
- Enjoy each day and be grateful
Have a fabulous 2016 everyone 🙂