The Importance of a 1

By Tobi Schwartz-Cassell

In the song, “One,” Three Dog Night sings that “one is the loneliest number.”

Sometimes that’s true, sometimes it’s not.

But I’m not thinking of THAT number 1. I’m thinking of the numeral 1 that is now at the end of our year—2021.

To me, that “1” represents a clean slate. Permission to look ahead to a rainbow of possibilities.

Trust me. I’m not living in a dream world. I know that everything we’ve lived through in 2020 has rolled into this new year. They’re not going to go away that easily, simply because we’ve hung a new calendar on the wall.

In 2021, we’ll still be dealing with a deadly pandemic, financial and food insecurity, cruel and immoral systemic racism, a political divide—no, a chasm—among the people of America, plus our own personal problems and demons. I’m not naïve.

What I am is grateful for everything I have, and willing to choose optimism and hope.

I have big plans for my 1!

Do you? What are they? Please share them in the comments below.

Happy New Year & Virtual hugs!

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