I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.
~Edward Everett Hale
This post is my contribution to Shot @ Life’s Blogust campaign, a first-of-its kind, 31-day relay for GOOD! 31 Bloggers have come together to raise awareness and funds to help save children’s lives from preventable diseases such as diarrhea and pneumonia. Every year, 2.4 million children die from preventable diseases despite the availability of effective vaccines. I visited Guatemala last year and witnessed first hand the importance of these vaccines as I helplessly watched a very ill child struggling with pneumonia. All children deserve these life saving vaccines and all children deserve the chance to live a healthy, productive life.
The theme for Blogust is “Comments Count”, each blogger will write about someone online that has inspired them through comments and support.
When thinking about someone online that inspires me, I was immediately taken back five years to when I had the misfortune of experiencing a very preventable c-section. I remember feeling broken and disappointed that I had gone against my better judgment. Not disappointed in the beautiful gift I had received in my son but that I had experienced such a traumatic delivery unnecessarily. I was showered with a number of comments on my “Delivery post”, all of them encouraging and sympathetic. One comment in particular stood out from the rest, it was from a friend named Carrie, who is no longer online. Her words to me that day were life giving, it was as if she had been sent to lift me out of my funk. One comment, a comment that I printed out, that I go back to often, that I cherish to this day.
I have the great privilege of seeing this gift of the written / typed word from fellow bloggers and community members on a daily basis. As the owner of an online community and a member of a few small groups online, I have seen how quickly comments can encourage a mother feeling desperate and stressed. I have seen love, sympathy and empathy pour out of comments for a fellow mom that has lost a son. Comments have even helped a mother bring down a high fever in the middle of the night. A single comment was enough to ignite creativity that helped start a successful business.
It is this community of amazing women that inspire me daily to reach higher and work harder to be a better mother, wife, business woman, social good advocate and friend. Not only do they lift each other up, but they help soften the blow when one stumbles and falls.
In much the same way, we have this opportunity to lift up children in developing countries through our comments!
In only 4 days, we have already reached our initial goal of 1,500 comments, giving 1,500 children a healthier, happier shot at life! We are continuing this brilliant campaign throughout the month of August and we still need your help as we continue to raise awareness and funds! Anne Geddes has also jumped on board with the Blogust campaign to help us push beyond our initial goals!
Tomorrow, I’m passing the donations baton to Roxanna Sarmiento of Everyday Treats, be sure to visit her site tomorrow and leave a comment there too!
Please give your gift of the written word in the comments below and give a child a shot at life! Who has inspired you online through their comments and or support?