The Power – Seen, Unseen And In Between

by Sherry Riter in Motivation,Self-Development  

joined hands the power of many

“Alone we can do so little;
together we can do so much.”
~ Helen Keller ~

It was very obvious that I wanted to help Wendy Lozano and Cool Kidz Cuts. I wrote about how you could make a difference and I tweeted the message constantly because I knew that it was a worthy cause. It was very easy to help. All that was required was a few clicks to vote. It also didn’t take that many votes…just 250.

With ALL the people that follow and read my blog, I thought that Wendy would have all the votes in one day! Seriously! I mean, think about it. I have a blog, community, Facebook pages and over 26,000 Twitter followers. So I figured I would write a post and tweet it throughout the day and the votes would come pouring in like rain during a tsunami.

Umm…that didn’t happen. I’m still somewhat baffled at why people didn’t just click, but that isn’t what I want to discuss in this post. What I do want to tell you isn’t something that is very obvious and I will tell you about how Wendy got votes.

Would you believe that I stood naked on the corner of a busy intersection holding my laptop open so that everyone would feel compelled to stop and vote?


Yeah, I didn’t think you would believe it. That’s not how she got votes. I think that would have actually made people take their votes back! 😉

Called To Action

In order to get votes for Wendy, it was necessary to get the word out about the program. So this is how people heard about Wendy Lozano and Cool Kidz Cuts:

  • I blogged about it.
  • I tweeted about it.
  • I told my community about it.
  • I posted all about it on my Facebook pages.
  • I sent emails to people asking for their votes.
  • Wendy asked her clients to vote for her.
  • Wendy’s mother and Joan went to malls, stores and restaurants telling people about the grant and asked them to vote.

Wendy got the votes she needed for the first step of the entry.

The next step was the written answers to the questions on the entry form. The answers were read by many people to ensure that the grammar, spelling and thoughts were delivered in a professional, interesting, enthusiastic and compelling manner. Tonight Wendy will send her completed entry into Mission: Small Business. We will all give a sigh of relief and then the waiting will start.

It is our hope that Wendy will be one of the twelve people that receive the grant money.

The Power

When Wendy heard about this contest, she didn’t think that she stood a chance at ever getting enough votes to qualify. She talked to her mother. You know how mothers are…they think their children can do anything. So in a turn of events, Wendy’s mother talked to Joan who then included me in the circle. Believe it or not, I’m the one that said, “Sure! We can get 250 votes for Wendy!” Yeah, Miss PTSD who can’t keep one thought in her head long enough to truly examine it properly, still believes that anything is possible if you put enough elbow grease in it.

Obviously, I was right. I just wanted to say that for the record. I love being right. 😉

Anyway, Wendy didn’t do this alone. Wendy’s mother or Joan didn’t do it alone. I didn’t make it happen all by myself. It was a group effort – 3 women in California and 1 woman 3,000 miles away in Virginia rallied together to ask the world to help.

We had a goal.

We knew the reward.

We had the desire.

We had the motivation.

We believed.

We had the power. The unity of purpose.

Sometimes the power can be seen like my blog posts and tweets. Other things, like the prayer I prayed for strength to write a coherent post and to stay upbeat even though my own life feels like it is crumbling around me, are unseen. In between there was Wendy’s mom and Joan’s aching bodies from spending all day valiantly telling people about Wendy’s goal.

Power. Energy. Unselfishness. Strength. Purpose.

The power of many can accomplish anything.

The power of one makes the power of many even stronger.

Thank You

I just want to take this opportunity to thank you if you voted for Wendy. If not, it still isn’t too late. Just thought I would throw that in and give you one more chance to add your strength to a whirlwind of belief that became reality.

The power of others can motivate us to do good or evil. It is real and at times almost tangible.

Power…It allows firemen to run into burning buildings and save people.

Power…It allows police officers to take a bullet in order to save someone else’s life.

Power…It gives a teacher the motivation to teach a child to learn to read.

Power…It is the force within a mother when she encourages her child to try something new.

The power of our soul.

It’s quiet, but always there…waiting for us to grasp hold and put it into action.

What will finally coax you into unleashing your power and obtain your full potential?


“Whatever you can do or dream you can,
begin it.
Boldness has genius,
power and magic in it!”
~ William Hutchison Murray ~


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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Joan June 28, 2012 at 2:11 am

What can I say? You said it all! Ohhh, I do hope Wendy is one of the twelve recipients who gets the grant! 🙂


2 The Redhead Riter June 28, 2012 at 8:11 am



3 Skip_D June 28, 2012 at 2:11 am

I love that quote by Murray! …and I’m glad that all these individual votes together have put Wendy one step closer to her goal! Thanks for bringing us this progress report. …and I’m so very glad that you are able to persevere through all your obstacles, finding the power to write your so much more than simply coherent posts that so many look forward to reading every day.


4 The Redhead Riter June 28, 2012 at 8:12 am

Thank you, Skip. 🙂


5 Susanne June 28, 2012 at 8:30 am

I am so very moved by your post today. It’s beautiful and now I must go get a tissue. You’re a wonderful person. I am so glad that I found your blog. Thank you! I have to go…..


6 The Redhead Riter July 2, 2012 at 7:28 pm


You are so cute. 😉 I’m glad you enjoyed the post and than you for your sweet comment.


7 Susanne June 28, 2012 at 8:32 am

oh and I almost forgot…GO WENDY GO! Wendy is in my prayers.


8 Monique June 28, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Wonderful blog. My desk is next to Wendy’s mother and I have definitely witnessed a mother’s perseverance for her children first hand. Mother’s never stop being “mommy” once their children leave home and vice versa. I hope Wendy is one of the twelve, not only because I am sure Wendy deserves it, but her mother deserves to have her dedication to her children rewarded. 🙂


9 The Redhead Riter July 2, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Thank you, Monique. Yes, there is nothing that replaces a good mother. A big shout out to Wendy’s mom…Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


10 Wendy Lozano June 28, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Never in my life have I ever had the rally and support to accomplish a goal. I want to thank everyone who voted for me. The Redhead Riter, Joan, and my Mom kicked butt for me. I am forever grateful of them for putting in so much energy to help me reach my goals.Sept is when they post the winners…Pray for me to be on that list.


11 The Redhead Riter July 2, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Well, Wendy, you won’t ever be able to say, “Never in my life have I ever had the rally and support to accomplish a goal.” 😉 I’m so glad that you got all those votes from people around the world and right there in your salon too. I am believing that YOU are going to be one of the top 12!!!!

Thank you for letting me be a part of this process with you. When you win, I won’t be able to stop smiling with happiness for you.


12 La Verne June 29, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Redwriter I want to not only thank you for the wonderful blog, but I also want to thank you and Joan from the bottom of my heart for your unrelentless support of my daughter Wendy. At 2:44 p.m. today Wendy had 369 votes. They say prayer can move mountains, so we all need to start praying for Wendy so she is one of the 12 winners of the $250k grant. I also want to thank all of you who have voted for Wendy.


13 The Redhead Riter July 2, 2012 at 7:34 pm


I hope some day, somewhere, when my daughter needs a little help, that someone will be there for her too. I know how you feel and I’m so glad I could help Wendy. Everyone gave there all and that is the best we could all do, so now the rest we just have to believe and wait. {{{hugssss}}}


14 Kathy Morelli, LPC (@KathyAMorelli) July 1, 2012 at 11:12 am

Gee -sorry I didnt see any of this..I’ve had to back off socme as I am having alot of personal things to handle for the past few weeks.


15 The Redhead Riter July 2, 2012 at 7:24 pm

I hope you have everything under control now, Kathy. {{hugssss}}


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