Engaging Each Day with Action Words

Focus. — On One.

on December 20, 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: One.


Tonight, we will distribute these 250 presents.

They are all lined up.

Organized by number.

Wrapped. Bagged. Tissue papered.

With brightly colored bows and ribbons.

Sitting pretty.


I’m overwhelmed by this image and the need it represents.

I’m overwhelmed by the number of people who made this happen and the joyful giving of a community.

I’m overwhelmed by the hours of shopping, wrapping, organizing and honestly, I’m overwhelmed by the sheer number of presents and the process we will use to give these out tonight.

So, I’m trying to focus.

Focus on one.

Focus on one present at a time.

Focus on one smile. One excited giggle. One “Thank you.”

Because out of so many,

that one present,

in the red bag, with the cheerful snowman in his crooked black top hat and green scarf,

is for one child.

One child who might not be surrounded by the comforts of … a lot.

One child who might not know safety and security, not to mention, stockings full of stuff.

One child who might squeal with delight upon opening it up.

One child who might still believe in the magic of Christmas.

So I’m going to try to focus on each one. 


Thanks to so many, Christmas might be just a little better for


17 responses to “Focus. — On One.

  1. Mandi says:

    LOVE this!! and LOVE this reminder for all of us. What a great visual representation for us all as well. THANK YOU!

  2. mollytopia says:

    Stop trying to make me cry – it’s Christmas! I’m kidding. This is beautiful – you’re such a good human – you rock!

  3. librarylady says:

    Look at all that stuff! People are so awesome.

  4. […] Focus. — On One. | mommyverbs […]

  5. Good for you! We’ve started a small foundation and are giving bikes to children who need them. We’re blessed to be giving four bikes this first year, three from us and one funded by our first contribution. Here’s our website: What fun it is to do something like this, isn’t it? Have a blessed Christmas.


    • MommyVerbs says:

      What a great cause! Good for you and thank you for doing something like this. I believe that every kiddo needs to know three things for good health…know how to run, how to swim and how to ride a bike. They should all have to try to do a short triathlon at some point in their young lives. What a gift to be able to move and stay healthy throughout your life as you are able! You are doing good work there!

      • Thanks! We got to give one of the bikes to the last boy last night. What fun to see his excitement! We also got a photo from one of the mom to whom we sent a check, showing her son with his bike and a thank-you sign he’d made. It was great.


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