Jan 292020

The first month. The first day of a new decade and… all that advice. Make resolutions. Don’t make resolutions. Set an intention — it’s different from a goal. Choose a theme. Choose a word. Make sure to have something in every part of your life. Stick with just one thing until you’ve created a new habit. I love end-of-year reviews and setting goals, but none of it felt right to me this time. I chose a word anyway.

I chose the word “one.”

I’ve already been asked a few times about my choice. As in ‘we are all one?’ Yes. As in ‘first things first?’ Yes. How about ‘keeping the main thing the main thing?’ Yes to that, too.

A Sole Focus

Turns out, the more time I spent with my word, the deeper our relationship has grown. I have a lot of ideas so it reminds me to be mindful, keep a sole focus, to attend to a single thing at a time. It helps with physical exercise when I remind myself that I can only do a single workout at a time.

But the best use of the word has been as a challenge: what one thing will I do today that will make my life better? That’s a wonderful question — especially when life is already pretty great to start with. Some days it has been setting a single appointment or making a phone call. Half an hour of meditation. Writing a blog post. Training a dog. I cleaned out a single closet. I repaired one piece of jewelry, cooked a new recipe. I reframed a picture before hanging another. Repaired a favorite old piece of clothing. Accepted an interview request.                                                    Took a nap. Watched a movie.

Maybe a month is not a long enough period of trial. But, since I think my experiment has been a success, I’m offering a few more reminders about the power of one.

The Power of One


One! singular sensation, every little step she takes. One! thrilling combination, every move that she makes. ~ A Chorus  Line

I just wrote one song at a time. Kinda like an alcoholic. One day at a time. ~ Neil Young

A lot of things have been thrown at me in life, and I’ve got through it all without a rule book, taking it one day at a time. ~ Yoko Ono

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do. ~ Edward Everett Hale

I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks. ~ Harper Lee

I am just one human being. ~ Dalai Lama

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. ~ Viktor E. Frankl

Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea. ~ Jim Rohn

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  5 Responses to “The Power of One”

  1. I love you have amplified the effect of a singular focus. So interesting and amazing! Gives me a lot to think about. And yes, Happy New Year 🙂

  2. Great insights and wisdom from pondering this word. I have often chosen a word of the year, but never took it to the depth that you have. Inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love this blog Andrea and the wisdom that has unfolded in your deepening relationship with your word! The question I ask myself is what is the most nurturing thing I can do for myself in this moment, which is very similar to yours, “what one thing will I do today that will make my life better?” I am grateful for your insights and your word.

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