The One Thing

What gave us inexplicable joy when we were little? Somewhere in the soul’s deep archives that one thing that turned us on still IS alive and well. It was meant for us somehow, and it began our inner and outer journeys. By taking time we might still feel it and be filled and renewed.

Phrases Posted on Facebook, April 2022

Also when we were little wouldn’t we might sometime think, “if only I had (fill in the blank) I’d be happy” Maybe we still secretly want something that we believe would be our be-all. Are we striving for it out there in the world? Do we even know what it is?
Sometimes when we are alone, a soft voice might insinuate itself with words like these: “If only I hadn’t done that one thing, I could live with myself.” That kind of regret may keep us from the mysterious one thing we truly can be about.
Then there’s the one thing that always gets our goat. It triggers a reaction every time. What’s the secret sting behind that response? It’s a question worth asking.
Here’s a quote on the subject of “the one thing” It’s by Elizabeth Gray Vining from her book, Being Seventy. “We each have some earthly task to do . . . The task, I think,
is not an obvious one, not visible to the outward eyes even of love? It must be some inner act of growth, some hidden contract to be met, some ripening to be accomplished.”  Don’t you love the idea that the deep thing we are each to do is to ripen?
The one thing we know that will always be true is change. We can resist it or co-create with it. We can choose the challenges of stagnation or the challenges and dangers of a new life. Either way we’ll be challenged.
Our culture has taken leisure away. We strain our spirits a lot. If we would just fully and consciously do the one thing before us, we would discover that we actually have more time. We’d sense life flowing through us.
Here’s the one thing that could change everything. It’s a quote by Mother Theresa: “The problem of the world is that we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
Like a silent and persistent stream the one thing life is asking quietly and constantly of us is to become who we essentially and uniquely are. There is no better way to serve life and honor the Creator.
What gave us inexplicable joy when we were little? Somewhere in the soul’s deep archives that one thing that turned us on still IS alive and well. It was meant for us somehow, and it began our inner and outer journeys. By taking time we might still feel it and be filled and renewed.
If there is one, deep thing that your being longs for, it will call you even in sleep. Begin dropping any small and seemingly insignificant excuses why this, which your core asks for, should be ignored or delayed. Notice any tiny habits of negativity. Catch them in a net of love as they arise. All those thoughts of can’t are waiting for you to help them dissolve gently, lovingly, daily.
There’s always more to do, more to experience, more to let go of. Without hurrying, avoiding or demanding, the one true thing remains, WE ARE.  With gratefulness for the gift of being itself, the rest tends to fall into more balance. In the bible God declared his name to be: “I am that I am”. Then, isn’t that also true for us?
Isn’t it strange that the one thing we need to do because it is good for us is the one we most often forget? Let’s face that self-care can’t be skipped no matter how often we forget all about it.
Sometimes two linked things are actually one thing. Take letting go and forgiveness,
Embraced, they become freedom. The one thing turns out to be paradoxical holding many things together. Love surely is one.
Honing to the one thing that matters may turn out to contain everything.