“If there’s a single lesson that life teaches us, it’s that wishing doesn’t make it so.”

Lev Grossman



Jen’s challenge this week, Wish, coincidentally was introduced on International Women’s Day.  My opening quote reminds us that although we may wish for an end to discrimination of all kinds – against women or anyone else for that matter – wishing doesn’t make it so.



“Wishes don’t change the world. Only actions will do that job.”

Israelmore Ayivor

For example, we might wish that families everywhere would have easy access to clean water.  But many do not.  A simple google search on clean water charities will bring up dozens of organizations committed to addressing this issue.  Several get high grades for their work including  charitywater.org/donate/home  and http://www.wateraidamerica.org/ . Think about what a donation might mean to someone in need and remember you can do more than wish their problems would go away.



“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

Mahatma Gandhi

We might wish that all children would be born into loving families eager to nourish and provide for them. Sadly that is not the way of the world. But many organizations exist to address this need as well, including highly-rated http://www.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.6146405/k.C7E9/About_Us.htm .  Yet another opportunity to do more than wish there were something you could do.



“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

Are you lucky enough to have been blessed with brothers and sisters who love you? Siblings you can call any time, knowing if you need help they are there for you?  Rather than wish everyone were so lucky, think about donating to Big Brothers and Sisters at https://www.bbbs.org/ or better yet, think about becoming a big brother or sister yourself.



“Apparently, the world is not a wish-granting factory.”

John Green

Ever wish there were no longer people going to bed hungry? Try googling charities to end hunger and see how many organizations are working hard to feed the planet. http://www.actionagainsthunger.org/ gets high marks for its efforts in this area. You can help them to help others.



“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”

Michael Jordan

Clearly there is a heightened interest in activism these days. The “Day Without Women” March was organized to demonstrate the importance of women to the economy. I am hopeful that today’s incredibly strong women are also focused on the needs of the less fortunate among us. Wouldn’t it be amazing if WE, the women of the world, were the ones to make a real difference in the lives of the less fortunate among us?

79 thoughts on “WISHING FOR A BETTER WAY – WPC

  1. There is something with these pictures that resonate how important and precious life is ~ no matter how difficult the situation, there is such strength and smiles. While it can be seen around the world, in the faces of many – the strength of women, “mother’s” in particular (whether it is their own children or those in their village), the strength and power they show to create a childhood to cherish for the young ones is special. “…we may wish for an end to discrimination of all kinds – against women or anyone else for that matter – wishing doesn’t make it so.” Wonderful message, and bringing these organizations to light, groups who can bring such wishes to reality is special. Very well done.

  2. Thoughtful post about important issues, Tina. So many people and women in need not only abroad, but in our own backyards, too. You’ve included some favorite shots–seems like that trip was so long ago. I would love to go back sometime!

    • Thanks Jane, agree wholeheartedly. And yes, some of the shots are indeed from our long-ago trip to Cambodia while others are from our more recent China trip. Somehow shooting women on kiawah doesn’t have quite the same impact 😊😊

      Sent from my iPhone


  3. Wonderful post, Tina. I totally agree that action turns wishes into realities. Thanks too for the inspirational photos, quotes, and links to organizations–which gives others concrete actions to take. Interesting synchronicity too–for my post this week was about helping others as a way to combat stress. 🙂

  4. Great post Tina. I am reading this after hearing about the UN warning about the global humanitarian crisis. Enough with the wishes and the pity. A good reminder that we must help those who in the lottery of life were born in a different place.

  5. An inspirational post Tina and one which I hope will inspire people reading it to do something to help those less fortunate than ourselves. I cringe every time I flush the toilet with water fit to drink, but I do donate to WaterAid and hope that one day everyone will have clean drinking water. We also support a VSO worker (midwife) in Africa helping to educate women in childbirth and making it safer for all women to give birth. Sometimes it feels overwhelming that so much still needs to be done even in the 21st century. Now a famine of outstanding proportions threatens east Africa once again and our TV screens are filled with images of starving children, their faces covered in flies, their arms stick thin and their bellies bloated. And then I see a program advertised about toys for the rich including a £98,000 Swarvoski encrusted rocking horse. And I want to weep.

    • I know exactly what you mean Jude. I feel the same way when I see diamond dog collars for dogs. But we can only do what we can do. Appreciate your thoughtful comment my friend. >

  6. This is a great post. Perhaps one of the few good things to come out of the present dreadful political developments in so many countries is a greater need for involvement by so many of us. However little we can do, together … that can be a lot. Great trees from little acorns and all that……

  7. Excellent post Tina. There are also ways people can get involved on local levels as well such as Food Banks, helping kids with homework etc. Your post gives us a lot to think about!!

    • Thanks very much Adrian. Sometimes I think much more would be accomplished if the many charities would consolidate their efforts a bit but that notwithstanding, I admire their commitment and an happy they offer a way for us to help in some small way.

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  9. Bravo, Tina! What an excellent to advocate than merely wishing. The wishing well will run dry should there be no action and providing links to be of service to the world. Thank you Perpetua

      • Sadly no. I simply spotted her while traveling in Cambodia and the image was burned into my retina for life. It’s one of my all-time favorite captures. Just luck that I saw her when I did. >

      • I’m not surprised the image has stayed with you. I think one could write a book based on the picture. It reminds me of the haunting National Geographic photo that I suspect is also burned into your memory.

  10. Agree that wishing can only get us so far. Wishing gives us hope, and we need to turn that into something positive. Together. What a thoughtful interpretation of this challenge. It is great all around the world, organistjons are moving towards giving each other equal opportunities. Until then, we need to support each other in what each of us do and who we are 😊

  11. You knew I would love this to pieces ! It would have been hard for me to find this theme when first thinking about the word WISH and yet it is perfect for painting the picture of the difference between “wanting or wishing for the right things to happen” and “actions to actually make them happen”. There is a phrase I love that originated from a modification of the Serenity Prayer:

    “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change, I am changing the things I cannot accept.”

  12. Tina, I love love love this post…the photos, your words, and the quotes. The Gandhi quote should be on everyone’s mirror.

  13. Tina, I love the quotes, the shots, and the wishes that call for action. We can’t support every cause, but we can support one or, often, more. Thanks for sharing those links. Each of us will have an area that calls to our heart and there are many organizations doing great work, as Nicole often shows. There are also religious groups that help, regardless of the religion or lack thereof of the recipients. You can also find which organizations use most of the funds for the cause, rather than for other things, but I can’t think what the group is called that does this.

    Thanks for another lovely post that goes above and beyond an answer to the WP challenge.


  14. Love this post and of course it is right up my alley Tina. Last night I hosted a charity dinner for International Women’s Day on behalf of Humanity Unified, one of the NGOs I work with that empowers women farmers in Rwanda. We were able to raise $400 in one evening! It is such a beautiful feeling. I know the charities you mention above quite well. Thanks for this!

  15. Tina, your photos and words always touch my heart. I join you in just not wishing, but doing.
    Yes, it would be marvelous if Women could/would lead the way.

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