The Real Power of One
We’ve talked about just one when it comes to things, but looking at the bigger picture, one has more power than you might think.
I’ve begun to notice how one is not only enough, but in many circumstances, much more than that.
In the past week, this lesson has been abundantly clear in the following ways.
Mark and I used to go out for multi course dinners at very nice restaurants. The restaurant would change, and our conversations were different, but we always spent too much and ate too much. We were grateful for the time together, but would feel sluggish the next day, in our wallets and our bellies.
Yesterday, we split one $5.00 meal at the farmer’s market, talked about everything, and listened to great music. We both agreed it was one of our most romantic dates.
Last year, we had an upside down tomato plant that would not stop producing tomatoes. Of course, I wanted to replicate the bounty this year, and used the same upside down system with a different plant. The plant grew and grew and grew. Flowers came and went. Finally, a tiny tomato appeared. I was convinced that more were to come.
Last week I picked the only tomato that this plant produced. I was grumbly, and again disappointed that the plant didn’t give me more. I spent so much time watering it and taking care, that I thought I deserved more.
I brought the sad, little tomato in, secretly smiling about its black and purple heirloom colors. I sliced it and topped it with crisp cucumbers. The flavor of this tomato ruined me for grocery store tomatoes forever. I realized that this plant, that I thought had let me down, poured all of it’s energy and goodness into one tiny tomato, instead of sharing it with several. Again, I was overwhelmed by one.
Last year, I stayed up really late to watch a meteor shower. I anticipated seeing hundreds of shooting stars showering down. When I only saw 5 or 6, I was disappointed.
Saturday night, I was looking out my bedroom window, soaking in the view of the mountains and the clear sky after a thunderstorm. The sky was a true midnight blue and the stars were sparkly. Just when I thought the view couldn’t get any better, a single star shot across my tiny view of the sky. I was overwhelmed by one.
When we receive one unexpected delight, we marvel. When we have more of the same, it becomes commonplace.
How to make a deliberate effort to enjoy just one.
- Instead of a closet full of coats, use just one.
- Instead of big piece of cake, take just one bite.
- Instead of reading several books at a time, immerse yourself in one.
- Instead of decluttering your whole house, empty one drawer.
A simple shift in perspective or attitude brings great power to one, instead of disappointment. Enjoying less or “just one” can be transformative. You will realize the power you have to shift from not enough to just right, regardless of how much you have.
When has just one been powerful in your life?
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