I was taught the commutative property of addition back when I still counted on my fingers and my thumbs…which stated: no matter how we group our addends…it doesn’t change the sum.


When I grew up I left the commutative property behind…

I didn’t think it had much worth…until I heard someone say the other day…

One People

One Love

One Earth.


We may not all look alike and we may pray under different steeples 

But when all is said and done we are still

One Earth

One Love

One People.


I hope the next time we pray to whatever God we pray to…

as we look up and search the sky above…

we pray that we remember we are:

One Earth

One People

One Love


And as we look backward and forward at a world that because of us is misbegotten…

let us pray we can remember the math we have long ago forgotten.


Math we were taught when we still counted on our fingers and our thumbs…

that no matter how we group our addends…

it does not change the sum..

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When you stop and think about it…when all is said and done

There is a reason, when we count our blessings, we always start with 1.


One sun floats above us filling our day with light

and as we fall sleep one moon illuminates our night.


One drop of water begins an ocean…a river or the sea.

A garden begins with one flower…a forest with one tree.


Our life begins with one breath…one speck of dirt begins the land.

All the beaches of the world begin with one tiny grain of sand.


And when it comes to counting…I would not want to miss

how a friendship can begin with one smile…

or love…one touch….one kiss


We have but one life to live…one heart, one mind…one soul

so as we’re counting blessings…perhaps it should be our goal


to keep in mind that remarkable…that beautiful number 1…

The origin…

the genesis…

where every blessing has begun.

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