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ONE | ONE
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THE ONE ON THE ONE.
THE TEN AND THE ONE
ALONE. ONE. ONE. ONE. ALL ONE.

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THE RHYTHM OF THE ONES, AND ALONENESS.
Doing the one, the one to one, one million
Billion = Ones
Oneness | 1ness | the 1 + 1

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Sometimes I feel terrifically alone.
And it’s been commented —
“when you draw these allegories, it’s always about aloneness.”
Being alone – is that really right; shouldn’t you be with some one?”
“If you’re on a journey, couldn’t it be a caravan, instead of one person?”
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If you are one, then you could be some one, and be with some one.
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That’s the puzzle — your story,
as the one (and only) — sharing it, your stories, with others and many iterations of that one (story) made manifold. The concept of the solitary, made into many — the one, the one + one; the one > one.

In the end, it will be about the comfort in being alone — for that moment, the all, and the one,
and the introspection, the insight / seeing in of that instance.
You can only see when you are alone — one, lone, your self.
That quiet moment — for many, a void of fear — is the perfected quiet of solitary action.
There will be one true story about yourself, the best telling — and you’ll find that in this moment.
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Thinking back, I can recall this one book, having a profound effect on me.
About aloneness. And being happily engaged in that aloneness.
A good loneliness.

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I was struck by everything in it.
I was struck by how it was written, a kind of conversing text. I was captivated by the simple line drawings of its illustrations. And I was amazed by the basic premise — when you’re alone, you’re really not; you’re with you.

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It’s the one, to one — moment.
Point, direct, articulate — and there’s only one — the gesturing of the one, alone.
And point to your positioning of where to go — it’s there.

And there you go.

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Girvin Mudra

When I think of ones.

One. And one more. Two ones.
Or a string of ones, I contemplate oneness as a moment to contemplate literally — “what lies in front?”
“What lies before?”
“What’s behind?”
And other powerful inquiries like:
What lies beneath?
What lies — up there?

Telling the point of differences — who we are, and what potentials there might be, it will be about the finding of the one story, for the one on one. A friend of mine, Marty Neumeier preaches the story of the one – which he calls the “only” story — what is the one, the only differentiating rendering.

We call that the one, the onliness — the point of close attentionality and singularity; I’m focused on the one, the answer for the day – the string of ones, bound in the entwinement of two, the 11.

One, in the most ancient context is *oinos, the Proto Indo European word seed sound of what — the one, marked on the dice of time. Or in the Latin — unus, the unified, the united, the one — alone and together.

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The one, that place where more can be seen in the aloneness.
No distractions. Nothing fractured — wholeness.

The one
And eleven?
A ancient compound of *ain “one” (look to the one) + the Proto Indo European *leikw– “leave, remain” (cf. Gk. leipein “to leave behind;” to finding — see relinquish).
The one, on the one — and the one left behind.
Today, the one on one, focus — onwards.

Tim | Decatur Island

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looking = for something different
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