“I never look at the masses…

I can only love one person at a time – just one, one, one.”

Mother Teresa

As I scroll through my social media, I smile and think of all the wonderful people who have crossed my path, but I am sometimes a little troubled I am not giving enough attention to keep in touch with all these wonderful friends and acquaintances.

Then there are the people affected by national community issues, drugs, family and domestic violence, and the political rivalry over marriage equality.

I’m also thinking right now about the big world challenges and their impact on thousands, millions of people; from the major floods in the United States and ongoing natural disasters, the displacement of whole countries over the last decade, terrorism and the threat of war.

Can I be big enough for the constant concerns facing individuals, families, communities and nations?

I want to be involved, participating, influencing and affecting positive change.

I want to be big enough for all the wonderful people who have crossed my path.

But I cannot!

These are the burdens and responsibilities we all share.

I am not saying I shouldn’t be aware and care for my friends, and support people in other countries and contribute to local issues where I can, but I guess what I’m saying is that more and more I believe that love’s fullness is seen a lot closer to home and that I need to look at the ONE.

Mother Theresa said,

“I never look at the masses…

I can only love one person at a time – just one, one, one.”

You see, we all have our one brother, one neighbour, one husband, one wife, one partner, one child, the old ones.

Let’s bring the richness of our full unconditional love; acceptance, forgiveness, tolerance, time, patience, kindness and goodness to our ONES.

This is the simplicity of love – it is for our ONES.

OUR HOMEWORK: Why not make a list of your ONES to love well.

No Regrets


About Penny

Penny was born in England, raised in New Zealand, lived in America and settled in Perth, Australia. Together with her husband Mark, she is raising a teenage daughter and has twin twenty-something sons. "Coming home at the end of a solid working day to family and friends is my delight" says Penny, Co-author of the book – She’s Not Your Competition. She is a heart-felt communicator who believes in the power of a person’s story. Penny has over 25 years experience as a high level leader and spokesperson in both the private and non-profit sectors with significant public relations experience. She is currently the CEO of South Coastal Women's Health Services, and prior on the Leadership Teams of Rise Network and Riverview supporting people in areas of mental health, domestic and family violence, and children overseas at risk of exploitation. She holds an MBA and MBL, and is a Board Director for the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia. For the past 15 years she has provided pro-bono support as a mentor for leaders and consultant to not for profits. Penny’s personal life endeavour is a determination to "make life better not bitter".

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  • Jodie

    So good, Penny, I often get overwhelmed with all the people, and all the needs, and I wonder if I’m supposed to look after them all. Maybe because I’m an eldest?! And I love that you gave us homework, so practical. Thanks xx

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