Weekly Photo Challenge – The Power of ONE

“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

One Dollar, One Life

One Dollar, One Life

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.”

Jack Kemp

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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113 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge – The Power of ONE

  1. Very inspiring – you have an incredibly kind heart, something we need a lot more of. I’ve enjoyed following your posts this year and look forward to much more in 2014. All the best to you and your family this holiday season.

  2. Fantastic! What a great idea the BFF is and how amazing that a group of like minded people could make such a difference, brilliant! A very merry Christmas to you and yours and a new year filled with love, peace and much happiness! 🙂

  3. I love your BFF story. Imagine how much good could be done if more of us did something like that. Reminds me of one of my favorite quotes, from Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

    Wishing you a blessed, joyous and peace-filled Christmas.

  4. What to say Tina except it doesn’t surprise me one iota that you should be part of such a community giving project . Such a fantastic idea that really makes a difference and * wow that’s a great amount collected !
    Have loved your posts of photographs and words and quotes throughout the year ….
    Happy Christmas from PT across the 1000’s of miles … 🙂

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  6. The BFF sounds like the Diva Donations in my community. We call it the “power of women giving anonymously” to local charities. I and a couple friends started this 9 years, and the ever growing group has contributed $20,000 duriing that time. Your BFF will surpass my Divas financially (excellent job!), but I’m proud of the fact that the woman who can only contribute $10 stands next to the woman who can throw in $300, as it’s all done anonymously in cash during a fabulous cocktail party!
    Great minds, right Tina 🙂 Keep up the good work!

    • You are so right about the fact that the its not the dollar amount given but the fact that it is given at all …. and we stand , as friends, side by side , in our determination not to be blind to others in need. We are still learning , still growing and tremendously thankful for each other and the chance to make a small difference in the world around us. Keep it up Diva’s!!

  7. “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.” Is actually a quote of Edward Everett Hale (though Helen Keller might have been quoting him at some point). http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Edward_Everett_Hale. Nevertheless, it is an inspiring quote; one that I love and have even used in my book Three Days at Sea http://3daysatsea.wordpress.com/about/.

  8. Tina, what a great idea to convert something that is just a formality (like a hostess gift) into a meaningful gift to someone in need. And it took one person to suggest it and many others to follow up on this suggestion to make it happen – a community response to a community need. Enjoy your Christmas!

  9. A beautiful post charged with inspiration. While on the theme of the Power of One may I add –
    “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop” ~ Mother Teresa

    Wish you a Merry Christmas Tina.

  10. This is such a great initiative, Tina. It may not change the whole world but its great if it can change the world of even one person. Thank you for posting this and sharing with everyone. Have a beautiful Christmas!

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  12. Internet is poor here in Cambodia so I am sorry if you get this more than once. Every time I want to reply the computer gives me an error/no connection message.
    What I was trying to say was: What a great message. It only takes 1 person to make a differnce. Who says the result needs to be massive?
    Happy Holidays to you both 🙂

  13. Internet is poor here in Cambodia so I am sorry if you get this more than once. Every time I want to reply the computer gives me an error/no connection message.
    What I was trying to say was: What a great message. It only takes 1 person to make a difference. Who says the result needs to be massive?
    Happy Holidays to you both 🙂

    • Sooo nice to hear all these great heartwarming comments, especially from my dear baby Jane – thank you so very much.
      ..but I cannot take the credit – it is the WHOLE that inspires this ONE ….it is a group of amazing and motivated women that are the “wind beneath my wings” and it is to them that I tip my hat…AND challenge them to do even better next year!!!

  14. What a wonderful idea, and an amazing amount of money raised in just one year. It must feel great to be part of something so worthwhile.
    Christmas can be such a sad and lonely time for so many people, for so many reasons…..thanks for reminding us to think of others Tina 🙂

    • Thanks Svetlana! Cudos more to those who have and follow through on the ideas in the first place, but it’s nice to be part of a very good thing. All the best to you for the New Year.

  15. Having learned the hard way that my own children would rather have a root canal (if they knew what that was) than have Mon take a picture, I absolutely love taking pictures at the school events on
    Johns Island. I love the idea of BFFs and sharing at Christmas. Have a wonderful holiday!

  16. Thank you again and again for sharing your talent. I am in awe of what you do so brilliantly.
    Have a great Christmas and all the best for the New Year.

  17. Beautiful post, Tina. The part about the photography reminds me of my last post. Something so simple. The people of Guatemala and the school children had never had family or school pictures. I had no idea how much it made a difference for them. Of all the things we did I think the pictures were the icing on the cake for them. I had no idea here in America there were people who’d never had their pictures taken. Amazing. All right here in our own land.
    What a wonderful contribution the the One Challenge!
    Peace, Alexandria

    • Thanks very much Alexandria. Yes it’s true, we often think of the less fortunate in far away places, but in fact they are everywhere including close to home. Every little bit helps I think. Good for you for doing your part and then some! Happy holidays to you.

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  19. Thanks, Tina, for such a meaningful post. The power of ONE is even more significant when you realize it is followed by TWO and THREE, and on and on. Those numbers can not be realized without ONE and its awesome power. Here’s hoping that more of us have the courage to take that first step and be a number ONE. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! SQ

  20. Great Title and Post. I do believe in a power of One. And that it all it takes. Your post is a sign that I have now to share the Power of One. And I am glad it was you, Tina.

  21. I absolutely agree with your comments. As usual the quotes work in tandem with your images. And yes, it takes little to give a lot. One of my favorite organizations is Heifer International. It amazes me what a difference this group makes in a world where one flock of chickens can make a family’s survival possible.

  22. The most worthwhile thing I have read today, Tina 🙂 As I walked into town yesterday I was singing Bono’s “One love” to myself and thinking vaguely about the challenge and those less fortunate. Thank you for putting it into action for me. Have a wonderful Christmas, and an equally inspiring New Year. 🙂

  23. How beautiful, Tina. Love the pictures (as always) and the sentiment behind your post. May your holidays be filled with the joys of the season. Looking forward to reading more and seeing your photos in the coming new year.

  24. WOW…that was powerful!!! I have tears writing this……you truly hit the nail on the head…perfectly stated!! YES…THANK YOU Ginny for guiding us to be better people & THANK YOU Tina for reminding us that there are those mentors out there (ex..Ginny, you) who give their time to teach us that there is something we can do to make a difference!! A beautiful post…….

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