Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum on · 43 comments

one is the loneliest number
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The Power of One

One song can spark a moment
One flower can wake the dream
One tree can start a forest
One bird can herald spring

One smile begins a friendship
One handclasp lifts a soul
One star can guide a ship at sea
One word can frame the goal

One vote can change a nation
One sunbeam lights a room
One candle wipes out darkness
One laugh will conquer gloom

One step must start each journey
One word must start each prayer
One hope will raise our spirits
One touch can show you care

One voice can speak with wisdom
One heart can know what’s true
One life can make the difference
You see, it’s up to you!

~ Author Unknown

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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Mindful Mimi November 30, 2008 at 3:32 am

Nice poem Lance. Like the new layout on your blog.
I have a question for you here:
Congrats on the run. I haven’t been in a while (sick and wheezing) but plan on starting again. Yes, some people don’t train and just beat you. That’s life:-)
Enjoy the weekend.

Mindful Mimi´s last blog post..Sometimes the biggest act of courage is a small one – Lauren Raffo


MizFit November 30, 2008 at 5:00 am

happy sunday. my daughters birthday. I PRAY that she realizes the power of one as my quote for her (which I chose right after we met :)) is: to the world you are one person—but to one person you are the world.

have a great day Lance & LanceClan!

MizFit´s last blog post..Tired of leftover turkey?


Laurie November 30, 2008 at 8:30 am

There is more power in ONE than we realize. Every journey begins with ONE step, doesn’t it Lance? But what direction will we make that step and what adventures will we find along the way? If we never begin with that ONE step, we miss out on the joy that is life. Have a ONE-derful Sunday! Hugs!


Jeanne November 30, 2008 at 8:48 am

I have always loved that verse.
Thank you


Stacey / Create a Balance November 30, 2008 at 2:50 pm

I like the new layout, love the free life balance eBook link (one enormous thank you), and appreciate the poem. I’ve been hearing a lot of doom and gloom this past week and must remember the power of one holds true as the sun begins to shine again.

Stacey / Create a Balance´s last blog post..Free eBook – How to Practice the Art of Life Balance


sharon November 30, 2008 at 4:09 pm

A beautiful poem that makes my Sunday so much nicer. Thank you Lance!

sharon´s last blog post..A Little Faith Goes a Long Way


Karl - Work Happy Now November 30, 2008 at 4:16 pm

It sounds like something Obama would say in his speech.

We do have such grand beauty withing us, we just need to let it out at full speed. No fear of judgment and no worries of failure. This isn’t easy, but worth every minute that we try.

Karl – Work Happy Now´s last blog post..6 Exercise Hacks While You Are At Work


BC Doan November 30, 2008 at 5:14 pm

“One smile begins a friendship”..just beautiful poem! Very uplifting, inspiring, and a great way to meditate for today!


Evita November 30, 2008 at 6:14 pm

What a beautiful thought for the day and for our lives – we are after all ALL ONE! The world is such a beautiful place and life becomes so amazing when we realize that and live by that.

There is indeed great power in ONE!

P.S. Have not had a chance yet Lance to say love the new look of your blog!

Evita´s last blog post..The Art and Science of Meditation


Lance November 30, 2008 at 6:24 pm

@Mindful Mimi – Thanks, and thanks! The run was great – and a great way to start the day. I stopped over to check out your question…

@MizFit – Happy Sunday to you! Birthday for the tornado – party time!!!! I love that quote, too – you love your daughter very much, I can tell! She is lucky to have you as her mother… My day consisted of snowmen and football (you probably didn’t have the snowmen…). Hope your day was great, and more importantly – that the special little girl in your life had a wonderful day!

@Laurie – Very true, even though every journey begins with one step – we would do well to choose that direction wisely. You have a “one-derful” Sunday too Laurie – and hugs right back at you!

@Jeanne – I read this and knew right away I needed to put it as my “Sunday Thought for the Day”. Thanks for stopping by!

@Stacey/Create A Balance – Thanks, thanks, and thanks (it seemed funny saying that…)!!!! And really, Stacey – I need to thank you – for putting the life balance e-book together. What a wonderful gift to share with others. I am only glad that I can help to share this wonderful creation with others!

@Sharon – I’m glad you enjoyed this Sharon!

@Karl – Yes, I can see a bit an Obama ring to this! Let our beauty out – yes, it’s in there, in all of us! And not easy to do sometimes, but so rewarding when we really let it happen! Thanks, Karl!

@BC Doan – I agree, this really is an uplifting poem! And something worth thinking about, and what it means in our lives, personally…

@Evita – Yes, we are all one! And, as one – we have so much we can do. Sometimes, we think that it “takes an army” to do all that needs to be done, to change a life, to be. In reality, though, it all has to start with us, individually – one. The world is indeed a beautiful place! And, thank you, too, about the site updates – I really like the cleaner look I have now!


Jannie November 30, 2008 at 7:00 pm

One blog can keep you reading
One blog can take a chance
To give you what you’re needing
— A Sunday thought from Lance.

(Please excuse – this was off the top of my head.)

And hey I have a question… you know on your Gravatar, what exactly is the background on that pic, if you don’t mind me asking? Not sure if it’s a snowy tree or a plastic banner depicting a ski resort.

And I LOVE your header’s new look – good job!!

Jannie´s last blog post..Passing conversation on one of his old (and still beautiful,) girlfriends


Linda Abbit November 30, 2008 at 8:14 pm

Thanks for sharing this sweet poem, Lance!

I like the new Jungle decor, too!

Two nice surprises from you today.

Linda Abbit´s last blog post..Funny Fridays: Because It’s Better to Laugh than to Cry!


Dr. Cason November 30, 2008 at 9:43 pm

It’s empowering to think we have that chance/choice. Scary too but empowering.

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Davina December 1, 2008 at 12:22 am

Hi Lance. I’m a bit late, but what a lovely way to close a Sunday. This was yet another beautiful poem. Thanks.

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LifeMadeGreat | Juliet December 1, 2008 at 1:35 am

That is beautiful,
Thank you

LifeMadeGreat | Juliet´s last blog post..Do You Know What is Happening In Another Person’s Life?


Evelyn Lim December 1, 2008 at 1:53 am

I like the Oneness in this poem. I’ve not read it before. It’s very beautiful!

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Jewel/Pink Ink December 1, 2008 at 2:47 am

So true, Lance. Ripple effect, you know??

PS I love the tropical tree in your header! 🙂

Jewel/Pink Ink´s last blog post..The Wonder of Christmas


Lance December 1, 2008 at 7:14 am

@Jannie – I love the poem, thank you Jannie! You are too wonderful!! Your question about the background in my avatar – it a picture from this summer when we visited Mount Rainier, in Washington state. So, it’s real snow! And, thank you re: the site’s new look – I like it quite a bit too!!

@Linda – Two surprises! Glad you liked them both Linda!

@Dr. Cason – As one, we always have a choice… Yes, that can be scary at times. But th empowering part is what gives us hope, and a belief in what is possible!

@Davina- Thanks, glad you enjoyed this one – I knew when I found it this was great material for “Sunday”…

@LifeMadeGreat|Juliet – Thanks for stopping by Juliet, and glad you enjoyed this!

@Evelyn – It IS beautiful, isn’t it! The whole thought of what “oneness” means…

@Jewel – Ripple effect, yes! Great thought, Jewel! As one, we can do something, be something, etc – that can affect another, and they can then pass that on as well. Who know how far our “one” being can go… And, thanks about the header. It was the part I struggled with the most in the whole process of switching over the theme. I went through way too many iterations of the header before I found something that really seemed to “fit”. And, this I think, does fit quite well!


GroundedFitness December 1, 2008 at 8:55 am

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Kelly Turner

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Squawkfox December 1, 2008 at 11:23 am

Lovely! Thank you!

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Jennifer December 1, 2008 at 12:45 pm

Loved this poem, Lance! We often forget the difference we can make by doing one simple thing. It can change someone’s day or even life! If we resolve to be the person who implements these these things imagine how our lives will be fulfilled as well as the people we are touching!

Jennifer´s last blog post..A Thanksgiving for You


Jannie December 1, 2008 at 1:24 pm

Ah ha, it was snow! Cool, in the true sense of the meaning.

Jannie´s last blog post..And some SEO in a pear tree


Annette December 1, 2008 at 1:39 pm

love the new look! And, the poem……………so great for me to read on this first day of December. I love the beginning of a new month…especially December…… much to look forward to!

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caroline December 1, 2008 at 2:39 pm

Thank you for this reminder… Sometimes I feel like “just 1” is not enough…but how wrong that is!

caroline´s last blog post..Flowing through the fog


Sagan December 1, 2008 at 2:53 pm

Very nice. It’s amazing what “one” can do! There is so much potential and so many opportunities for the taking.


Stephanie Quilao December 1, 2008 at 3:07 pm

Exquisite! What a wonderful thing to read on a Monday 🙂

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Stacey Shipman December 1, 2008 at 3:42 pm

Thanks, Lance. Sometimes I feel like I, alone, can’t make a difference, but this is a great reminder that I can…one of anything does make a difference. And put a bunch of ones together and watch out!

Stacey Shipman´s last blog post..Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving and Beyond


Marelisa December 1, 2008 at 5:28 pm

Hi Lance: Sometimes when I have a lot of things to do I tell myself: this is the one thing I can do right now; when I’m done with this I can take the next step, but right now this is the only thing I can do. By taking one step at a time we can accomplish anything we set our minds to. I had never seen that poem before, I really liked it 🙂

Marelisa´s last blog post..Creative Thinking Techniques: The “Playful” Edition


Lance December 1, 2008 at 7:00 pm

@GroundedFitness – Your welcome!

@Squawkfox – Your welcome, too!!

@Jennifer – One thing can do so much – even when we think it’s “nothing”, or “inconsequential”. And who knows what that one small thing might lead to. It’s a win-win, isn’t it, Jennifer! And how can you argue with that…

@Jannie – Yes…snow – very cool – especially for summer! Now, if I can just all of that white stuff out of my driveway that we have today…not so cool…in the not so true sense of the meaning!

@Annette – Thanks Annette, I like how the redesign turned out, too! Glad you enjoyed the poem, as well. Enjoy your December!!

@Caroline – Just one – what difference can just one make? Sometimes, it seems like not very much – but the truth is quite the opposite. Even when we may not see the results right away – it doesn’t mean “just one” is not having an effect. It’s a good reminder for us all!

@Sagan – Potential and opportunities — two things that “one” can do – all it takes is doing/being that “one”!

@Stephanie – Thanks Stephanie, glad you enjoyed it!

@Stacey Shipman – I think we’ve all felt that way, where what difference will “I” make. And, the real key – the end of what you said – you put a bunch of “ones” together and great things can happen! Or even greater things can happen (great things can also happen with just “one” also…). Anyway, here’s to every”one” being, doing, and believing…

@Marelisa – It’s like taking small steps, or bite-sized tasks on. By breaking things down into smaller pieces, everything seems more do-able. Great point, Mare – looking at the one thing we can do now to move us toward whatever our end goal is…


Barbara Swafford - Blogging Without A Blog December 2, 2008 at 3:07 am

Hi Lance – I’m speechless. Your new theme is fabulous and the poem is awesome. Great job on both accounts.

Barbara Swafford – Blogging Without A Blog´s last blog post..(Not So) NBOTWs – Oldies But Goodies


brandi December 2, 2008 at 7:30 am

hi lance! thanks for stopping by and saying hi on my blog!!

I love the poem. And I love the realization I’ve had as I’ve gotten
older that the ONE thing does not have to be grandiose. Amazing things
start with small steps.


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bobbi December 2, 2008 at 10:27 am

love this poem, make me think of things in a new light! I can be powerful even though I think I am just ONE person!

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meleah rebeccah December 2, 2008 at 1:14 pm

that was a BEAUTIFUL poem. Thank you.

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Toni December 2, 2008 at 1:29 pm

Hello Lance,

I wanted to stop by and thank you for commenting on my Meet My Friends Monday which featured A Day to Share with Tammy.

You have a great blog here!

Thanks again,

Toni´s last blog post..Books and awards


avtcoach December 2, 2008 at 8:06 pm

I agree with this and I think it’s our primary mission for being on this be a light to someone and make a difference. To be the ONE to give hope and share live. Those who love life and are happy tend to be the ONES who do this! Thanks for the poem!

avtcoach´s last blog post..Tuesday Tales – Night Tree


Lance December 2, 2008 at 9:39 pm

@Barbara – Thank you (times 2!) – from you, Barbara, that means alot!

@Brandi – Your welcome! YES! One can be small, medium, big – it doesn’t matter – every “one” thing we do can make a difference!

@Bobbi – Well said Bobbi! “Even though” we are each only one – we ARE still one – and that’s all it takes to start something!

@Meleah – Your welcome!

@Toni – It’s a very neat series you’re doing Toni, and featuring Tammy – she is pretty amazing! Thanks for stopping by here today!

@Avtcoach – Being a “light” – I love that! We all, individually, can be that “light” to someone else – us, as ONE – we can make a difference – and not only for another, but also for ourselves in the process…


suddenly slimmer December 3, 2008 at 4:49 am

A beautiful poem, to make us realize that even a simple thing counts

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Wendi Kelly-Life's Little Inspirations December 3, 2008 at 12:31 pm


that is a great poem! I think I want to copy that and do something special with it! Thanks for showing it to us!

Wendi Kelly-Life’s Little Inspirations´s last blog post..A Day of Gratitude, A Life Grateful


Ricardo Bueno December 4, 2008 at 12:54 am

Hey Lance!

So, I didn’t know where to leave this comment… I just noticed the new site design and wanted to say that I like the new diggs 🙂 It’s pretty cool! I’m a little jealous of the sidebar 😛

Anyway, talk to you soon….

Ricardo Bueno´s last blog post..TypePad Gets A Facelift: some cool new community features!


Diane December 4, 2008 at 11:14 pm

I just loved this post!
You always amaze me when you comment at other sites.
This is my first time here!
And I am completely blown away by your site here!



Angel December 5, 2008 at 1:24 am

I’m last but certainly not least!

Lance, your sure know how to pick great ones (poems, videos, blog headers).

This one is good. We get so caught up in this “jungle of life” (where have I heard that phrase before), that we forget that we are important and that we can make a difference.

Thanks for the gentle reminder.

Angel´s last blog post..Just Beat It


Lance December 5, 2008 at 7:34 am

@Suddenly Slimmer – Yes, it is the simple things, sometimes, that count the most!

@Wendi – I know! This is great, when I first saw it – I knew this was perfect material for a Sunday Thought. Glad you enjoyed it, too, Wendi!

@Ricardo – Hey, thanks Ricardo! I’m liking how it turned out too! I’ll send you an email…

@Diane – Thanks so much for stopping by Diane! And, thank you for your very kind words – they mean much to me! I love this poem, too. It’s such a great reminder of what each of us, individually, can do.

@Angel – No, you are certainly not least Angel!! Not by a longshot! Okay, so the poem – I’ll take the credit (I did pick it out!) – although the blog header – I couldn’t have done it without you! And, it’s a perfect example of this poem in action. You, Angel! You are the reason this header is the way it is – I know – know – that it would not be the same had you not spent the time you did helping me through the many iterations I had. And, in the end – I love the way it has turned out. Because of YOU! So, your welcome – about the gentle reminder. Although, it’s me who needs to thank YOU – because you showed me the real value of this poem – through your actions, your help, your kindness…


scheng1 February 19, 2010 at 9:11 am

Beautiful! I love this sentence “One voice can speak with wisdom”. One voice as powerful as Jesus Christ, can change the lives of billions of people forever.
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