This is part 11 in a 30-day series of articles entitled The Power of One – Making an Intentional Impact.

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The Power of One

Mother Teresa, also known as Saint Teresa of Calcutta was a Roman Catholic nun who dedicated her life in service to others. Born in Albania and living most of her life in India, she is widely known for her humanitarian efforts to care for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy, and tuberculosis. She set up food kitchens and housing for the poor and medically afflicted.

It won’t take long to find a meme or a quote regarding Mother Teresa that has inspired the masses. Her kindness and love for humanity continue to inspre even years after her death. Quotes like

Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love”

strike a chord and inspire others who wonder if one person or a small act of kindness can make an impact. Her example shows us that we can.

Mother Teresa lived a life of sacrifice as she worked to serve others. She moved from her homeland and never saw her mother again after the age of 18. She lived in foreign nations far from her familiar culture and forfeited most of the comforts that many people enjoyed. Her commitment was life-long, and impacted more people than we will ever truly know. 

She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, and Canonised at the 5th anniversary of her death in 2016. She is now recognised by the Catholic church as a Saint. What a legacy!

Despite her sole focus on others, she was not without her critics. She has been criticised for some of her methods, and the housing and services she provided were sometimes considered below standard. Still, she persevered. She never let anything stand between her and her assignment to “love the unloved”. Likely she responded to her critics with love, as evident in this quote:

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”

Mother Teresa lived in service her whole life. She didn’t retire and spend her golden years resting and living off her investments. Instead, she served alongside those who needed it, even when she became frail herself. She serves as a wonderful example of how one person can make an impact in a focused area of need, and have that impact be recognised world-wide.

Simply by caring, loving, and providing solace to those in need, she will be celebrated long after her death through the power of storytelling, social media and her great example.

Mother Teresa Quotes to live by

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.

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.

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.

What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.

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