I am participating in Kat McNally’s April Moon 14, a two week reflective writing challenge. Each day, Kat sends an email with a single word prompt to spark some time during the powerful time between the total lunar eclipse and the full moon. Participate with us!
The prompt for Day 15 was
What feelings does this word evoke? What sorts of memories does it recall? Which of your senses start to tingle? How would you represent what this word means to you?
I keep thinking of the song –
…and how it’s not necessarily true. I’m a quasi-introvert. There are times when I’m happiest with my own company and other times when I’m great in a crowd of people so sometimes “one” really is what is absolutely the best for me. As an aside, my father-in-law recently told me a story about how this song came to be, and it contradicts the story that can be found on wikipedia. I’ll have to pass along to him that perhaps there’s another version of the origin myth.
But on the flip side of that, I also think of this song –
There is great power when we come together and work as one. I imagine (neat trick there, huh?) that if we could all get on board and all on the same page, if we could agree or at least agree that doing something might be better than doing nothing, there are so many problems we could solve. Climate change? Check. Poverty. Check. The violence in our societies. Check. If we acted as though we were all on the team (because in the end, we are), this world would be such a better place.
I also think about marriage. When you get married, you are two becoming one – two people uniting in one purpose, two families joining together, two sets of expectations working on becoming united.
Of course, none of it is ever really that easy. It is incredibly difficult to get even just my one mind to agree with itself. When you add in trying to get the rest of the world on track or me on board with the rest of the world, it gets infinitely more difficult. My not so humble opinion is that we let our egos get in the way of the greater good. We have a hard time letting go of our own desires and needs to put another ahead of ourselves. “One” and unity are nice ideas until we have to put our selves aside in order to achieve them.
I’ve often said in job interviews that kids are kids – when you peel back the layers of the “stuff” that they come with (and a lot of them come with a ton of stuff), you find the same things underneath. They’re all looking for rules and and boundaries and someone to tell them what to do, someone to keep them safe, someone to allow them the freedom to explore while at the same time keeping them on track. In that way, they are all one. I think that at our cores, we are all much like those kids – all of us at our cores searching for and needing the same things. One in that. It sure would be nice if we helped each other along the path.