Day 589: One Thing

`12On August 12, 2014, as I prepare for a trip to the United Kingdom, I would like to focus on one thing.

Here’s a quote about One Thing, from the movie City Slickers:

(found here on YouTube)

Focusing on one thing, and letting go of all distractions, allows one to be mindful and more present in the moment. That can reduce anxiety.

Does it matter what that One Thing is?

What do you think?

Because I tend to have lots of things on my mind, at any one time, here’s a list of possible One Things for me, today:

  • It’s the anniversary of my mother’s death, six years ago.
  • Robin Williams, whose genius and life-force seemed huge and unstoppable, is no longer with us.
  • Traveling can bring up fears and anxieties, for me.
  • I have too much to do at work, as usual.

Geesh!  Having a list, like that, of MORE than one thing … kind of defeats my purpose, doesn’t it?

What to do?

Well, listening to music often helps me focus on one thing.  But what one musical thing should I choose, today?

I see that One Direction, a UK group, has a song called “One Thing.” However, I don’t know that song, so I’m going to do what I usually do. That is, I’m going to share, with you, the one tune that’s playing in my head, right now.

If you play that YouTube video until the end, you’ll find out why that one tune was on my mind.

What else did I want to tell you this morning, about the concept of One Thing?

I decided, over the weekend, that — in order to make things easy on me and my son, while we are attending the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland — I may choose to show only one photo, each day, in my blog posts.

That’s very different from what I usually do, though. And breaking old habits is very difficult.

To practice for this possible new habit, today I’d like to show you only one photo, which I took yesterday.

But how to decide which one photo to show?  As usual, I took several photos yesterday, not knowing what my blogging topic would be today.

And here’s one thing you should know about me:  I love multiple possibilities, choices, and options.

I know! I’ll practice limiting my photographic choices today,but I’ll still show you more than one thing I took yesterday.

After all, I MAY show you more than one photo daily, from Scotland. It just helps me to know I have the option to include only One Thing.

I now choose these four shots from yesterday (in order of appearance):

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I would like to end this post with one thing from Robin Williams.

My first choice, for that, would be an amazing  stand-up routine I spent a long time searching for, just last week, so I could share it with my son:  “Come Inside My Mind” from his 1979 album Reality … What a Concept.

I can’t include that here, right now. But one thing I can share is his final words from Reality … What a Concept (see Robin Williams Wikiquotes):

There was an old, crazy dude who used to live a long time ago. His name was Lord Buckley. And he said, a long time ago, he said, “People–they’re kinda like flowers, and it’s been a privilege walking in your garden.” My love goes with you.

Many thanks today, to one and all.

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33 thoughts on “Day 589: One Thing

  1. Your 4 photos are a poem — like all your words, they tell a story of the magic that happens when you put just one thought up against another!

    And yes, he did seem unstoppable.

  2. Thank you for this thoughtful, poignant post.

  3. spartacus2030

    Oh no! Our Robin died? Well… I suppose he’d just have us bury him with his ass sticking up out of the ground so someone will have a place to park their bike… One more shinning star extinguished! I hope he died of laughter!

    Let me introduce myself: my name is of no consequence. What you should know, is that I liked your post, and occasionally torture small rodents for this reason… Cheers!

    • I believe that everything is of consequence, in small and large ways. So I am really glad you introduced yourself. I assume (from looking at your blog) that you might actually avoid torturing small rodents. I join in your thoughts about Robin Williams and I appreciate your kind words here.

      • spartacus2030

        Thank you so much Anne… I don’t even have a rodent. My two cats bring in some dead ones now and again though…

      • I have two cats, also! I bet they would wish for one thing: to play outside.

  4. I’m going to miss Robin Williams very much. Now there was a man who did not believe in sticking to one thing. Nor giving just one.

    I hope that your preparations for travel go smoothly, Ann. Lock down your cellphone, socks and gloves.

    • Your last line made me laugh out loud, in the middle of a very hectic and emotion-filled day. Thanks for smoothing my way like that.

  5. I can’t make it to the end of the song – so I’ll just be left hanging! Did love the four pictures you took – to me they pretty much summed up your brain!

    • I!

      And this is what you missed: the chorus at the end of the Donald Fagen song repeating:
      Just, just one thing
      That’s what I do-oo-oo-oo.
      Just one thing
      That’s what I do.

      Thanks for doing what you do here, Kate.

  6. Gene Phillips

    Wonderful quote from Robin Williams. Thanks for posting it.

  7. Your One Thing has so many great points, Ann. To be expected, I know. Thank you AK. Thank you DF. Thank you, miss you, RW.

    • One thing: I don’t always expect greatness from myself (nor always recognize it when it’s there). So thank you, MB, for pointing that out today.

  8. First off – Happy Birthday to your mom in Heaven.
    Secondly – worry not about blogging while you are away.
    Enjoy your time away. If you post – you post.
    If you don’t – “See: you when you get back & you can tell us all about your adventures.
    And – I must say – a beautiful quote to end your post with.

    • It took me a few days to see this comment, RoSy. I’m so glad I noticed it. Thanks, as always, for your kind and thoughtful support.

  9. What I Do — a great cut !!!!!! 🙂

  10. Mary Morin

    Enjoy your trip Ann. Loved your blog and the song from Donald Fagen. .Rest in peace Robin. Love and miss you.

  11. Love the four photos, they make a concrete poem.

  12. I like the idea of making the idea of “one thing” a practice, as in the case of your photos while you’re gone. It gives me “one thing” to think about, how to incorporate such a practice into one part of my life. An interesting possibility. Thank you.

    • I like this comment, and how you let me know how useful the concept and the post were, for you. Thanks back at you.

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  16. Great choices, Ann. I hate to narrow things down to one and love the concept of a Chinese menu – pick one from A and another from column B. I do hope you continue to include the videos. Jack Palance was a gas in “City Slickers” as was Billy Crystal. That song by Donald Fagan is beyond beautiful. Love the harmonica.

    And your Robin Williams’ quote … Well I must look for that album (CD, DVD?). You’ve given me much to think about … not just “one thing.” 😉 Loved this.

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