“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.”
Edward Everett Hale
This week we are challenged by Michelle to focus on ONE thing, leading me to think and write about the Power of One. If, like me, you are looking forward to a holiday surrounded by family and friends celebrating your many blessings, take a moment to consider those who are not. What can ONE person do to make a difference? In response, I offer a simple story of the Power of One from right here in my own backyard.
“The power of one person, if fearless and focused, is formidable. But the power of many working together is better.”
Gloria M Arroyo
Here on Kiawah we have a circle of friends who would bring a small hostess or birthday gift to celebrations of special occasions. ONE of us had an idea that instead of bringing each other things we didn’t really need, we should take the money we would have spent and contribute it to a fund focused on helping the less fortunate. And so was born the BFF (Best Friends Fund). In this, the first year of the BFF, we raised $8,000. The money is being given to a number of local charities, including an orphanage and an emergency food pantry. It took only ONE person to have ONE idea, and the commitment to follow it through. None of us misses the small gifts, and all of us feel good about the impact our contributions are making. We are all especially grateful to our good friend Ginny, whose idea has taken root and made a difference.
“One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.”
John F. Kennedy
Can’t afford to donate money? Our local photography club here on Kiawah contributes time and energy to nearby schools. Members have photographed their proms, their sporting events, and several other noteworthy moments for them. Some of the kids have told us they’ve never had a photograph of themselves. Many of our photographs of the kids hang in the school halls or the classrooms. Our club also did a photography book of the local area, which we sold in a local bookstore and from which we contributed 100% of the proceeds to local charities. Several of our more-experienced members, myself included, have done private or group classes for a small fee, which is also contributed to local charities.
“The power of one person doing the right thing for the right reason, at the right time, is the greatest influence in our society.”
Finally, a small update to my last post about our shrimping community. This week one of the shrimper’s boats on nearby Shem Creek took on water and sank. The newspaper said that of the typical 50 or 60 boats in Shem Creek’s heyday, only 5 remain. Almost as quickly as the boat sank, Shem Creek Fisheries initiated a fundraiser to replace the boat and help the shrimper get back on his feet.
People helping people – a powerful concept in a world often portrayed as cold and troubled. This holiday, let’s give some thought to how each of us might apply our Power of ONE to help make the world a better place.
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