15: One Thing

Do your work, and I shall know you. Do your work, and you shall reinforce yourself. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

[In celebration of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 208th birthday… we pledge to write... #Trust30.]

Take a moment, step back from your concerns, and focus on one thing: You have one life to achieve everything you’ve ever wanted. Sounds simple, but when you really focus on it, let it seep into your consciousness; you realize you only have about 100 years to get every single thing you’ve ever wanted to do. No second chances. This is your only shot. Suddenly, this means you should have started yesterday. No more waiting for permission or resources to start. Today is the day you make the rest of your life happen. Write down one thing you’ve always wanted to do and how you will achieve that goal. Don’t be afraid to be very specific in how you’ll achieve it: once you start achieving, your goals will get bigger and your capability to meet them will grow.

(Author: Colin Wright)


This is, to date, the most difficult prompt for me to address. There are far too many “one thing(s)” in my life…all equally important. Some are selfish. Others are ridiculously unselfish. And… one would probably save my life. How to choose?

[elevator music]

This is the part where I tell you I was able to decide on one thing but it is something I am not quite ready to share with the world… yet. But, I’ve started a project to document my “one thing” and someday, when I am ready, I’ll make it public.

I promise you will all be the first to know.


  1. Should you ever decide to reveal what it is - I look forward to finding out :)

  2. I hope you don’t take the pep-talk seriously, about "Suddenly, this means you should have started yesterday" etc. Yes indeed there are far too many "one things" and none of them really matter. I’m not at all sure that goal-setting in this frenzied kind of way is good for the health. We all do what we have to, as we see fit. If we vegetate organically the rest of the time, according to the dictates of the moment, what’s wrong with that? A lot saner than listening to the ego’s clamour.

    But as for the Emerson quote, I say Yes to that!

    Best wishes as always, Beth.


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