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The Power of One...

By Carolina Sonshine on 10/01/13 23:17
Charlotte Observer
  • B's roadside cross BETH GARLOCK

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Every day of our lives is filled with decisions…  Some of those choices require minimal thought, such as what time to set the alarm clock for, whether to have toast or scrambled eggs for breakfast, whether or not to take a jacket when leaving the house for the day and so on.  In the grand scheme of things, those outcomes are of no consequence, as they have minimal impact on the true direction of your life. 

 

 

 

Other choices, though, are more involved and complicated; their result is far less certain. You make the best decision you can with the information available and take a leap of faith you’re doing the right thing, because what happens after is uncertain at best.

 

 

 

Often you cannot realize the full import of a single choice until you have the benefit of hindsight and period of reflection.

 

 

 

It’s hard to believe I’ve begun my fifth year of advocacy, working diligently to bring attention to the issue of distracted driving.  Sometimes I look around and wonder how I got here, in this position, beyond the obvious...  Like ripples spreading over the surface of a pond, everything that’s happened with this began with the decision we made in April, 2009.

 

 

 

The power of one:

 

 

 

One newspaper article led to another…

 

 

 

The second story resulted in a meeting with State Farm agent Darin Morton and eventually an alliance with Skip & Jerry Mudge as a speaker in their ‘Choices’ program…

 

 

 

The initial get-together with Darin prompted several more, resulting in donations for bracelets and most recently two grants from State Farm supporting our nonprofit, Dying Changes Everything.  It also led to numerous outreach opportunities with State Farm agents in communities throughout the state, spreading Brian’s Story across North Carolina and beyond…

 

 

 

The Mudges mentored and introduced me to contacts around the area, opening many doors as they adopted my cause as their own, allowing me to reach thousands whom I otherwise may have never seen…

 

 

 

One family = one decision = one hope = one article = one introduction + 4-1/2 years = 90,000 +/- bracelets = 90,000 chances to make a difference, one person at a time…

 

 

 

It only takes one…

 

 

 

Tammy will update her blog twice weekly…

 

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