While I was finishing up my blue sweater, I started thinking about how one stitch + one stitch + one stitch = something greater. It reminded me of how one act + one act + one act can = something greater.
About 15 years or so ago I started doing that, picking one plastic thing to give up for the year. Just one. First it was plastic bags at the grocery store, then plastic dishes, then I started getting milk in glass bottles, and so on. Now I have as little plastic as possible in my life.
I made six of these bags for gifts this year. Mostly for people who I suspect still get that plastic bag at the grocery store. Maybe it will be a first step for them.
I started thinking about whether one person really can make a difference. An old question that still get asks. Whether one act can make a difference. Yes.
I started thinking about how many of us often feel as if there isn't enough time to get things done. Yet one moment (and oh how I love that moment is rooted in the Latin word momentum), here and there can make a sweater, a blanket, a garden, or can clean a space that's become too cluttered.
I had a lot of fun exploring and thinking about direction this year (much I didn't share here). My direction for 2011 is "one." It seems like just one think might make it possible to "break through" (as Jude commented on my last post, another direction). And so "one" seems like a very good place to begin again.
The calendar year is just one way of measuring time. Welcome 2011. Happy New Year!