05 Aug A Path of Caring and Compassion : Blogust 2015
Back when my daughter started High School, a number of changes took place. A shift of school, status, schedule and surroundings were the obvious. But, perhaps the biggest surprise (and gift) came from her shift of perspective and a clear focus. With her first Model United Nations class came a palpable passion and insatiable curiosity for the world beyond the bubble she had always been held in (large in part by me). From struggles and injustices to triumphs and victories, she was voracious to learn, understand, and get involved in global issues; to become an engaged and active citizen of the world. There’s not much more to say except, her passion sparked my own passion. And for that, I am deeply grateful.
Over the years I’ve shared stories about our incredible experiences working with the United Nations Foundation and I admit that if it hadn’t been for my daughter’s urging, I might have passed up the opportunity of a lifetime; to work with the Shot@Life campaign to help vaccinate the vast number of children at risk of illness and even death from preventable causes. Preventable.
It is with great pleasure that I am participating again this year in Shot@Life’s Blogust 2015; a month-long blog relay where some of North America’s most beloved online writers, photo and video bloggers and Shot@Life Champions will come together and share inspirational quotes for their children. AND…every time YOU comment on this post and other Blogust contributions, or take action using the social media on this website, Shot@Life and the United Nations Foundation pages, one vaccine will be donated to a child around the world (up to 50,000). Blogust (which runs throughout August…get it?) offers a unique opportunity where YOUR comment directly translates into a life saving vaccine! I love it!
As I prepare to send my first born off to college (after 4 highly successful years in her Model United Nations program, I might add) my head and heart have been clinging to every piece of advice, each word of wisdom, and every insight I can find to send her off with. This quote above by Arthur Ashe, simple yet poignant, is one that I hope both of my daughters carry with them as they travel their own paths into the big bright beautiful world. It makes me weepy just thinking about it.
Please, show your support for Shot@Life and be a part of vaccinating a child by commenting here. If you’ve got an encouraging quote to share, I’d love to hear it. The more inspiration, the better!
Julie MarshPosted at 14:01h, 05 August
Such a simple quote, but so empowering. There’s always something that can be done, with whatever time and resources we have. So glad to be with you on this initiative!
Serena MPosted at 14:26h, 05 August
I’d never heard this quote before – it is perfect. Thanks for sharing, for all that you do for Blogust and kids at risk of preventable diseases.
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FelisaHilbertPosted at 14:33h, 05 August
What an amazing journey you daughter will embark and how precious your moments together. Thank you for sharing!
SarahPosted at 14:45h, 05 August
I love this quote! Thank you for sharing!
C.C. ChapmanPosted at 14:56h, 05 August
Another beautiful quote and inspirational post helping kids in needs.
Damn, do I ever love being part of this Blogust family!
LindaPosted at 14:58h, 05 August
as a healthcare professional vaccines are near and dear to my heart. I think this is a wonderful August project.
Polly PalumboPosted at 15:18h, 05 August
Tracey, love these words. I remember your daughter from the first Shot@Life Summit. So great to hear about her and her continued advocacy!
ElenaPosted at 15:40h, 05 August
What a powerful quote Tracey!
NicolePosted at 15:53h, 05 August
That quote = Gold!!! Such a great life motto.
ErinPosted at 16:38h, 05 August
Thanks for your work on Blogust, Tracey! Perfect quote.
Nicole MelanconPosted at 17:37h, 05 August
Wonderful Tracey! I hope I can inspire my children to become global citizens too!
Julia ClarkPosted at 18:00h, 05 August
I love this post mom! So glad we could both get involved with these issues, and I’m glad we are able to use our time to help children gain access to vaccines. So awesome.
KatiePosted at 19:13h, 05 August
Commenting for a shot! Thanks for the opportunity to do so.
jyl from @momitforwardPosted at 19:13h, 05 August
Your daughter is such a terrific example.
I also love this quote. Sometimes, we overthink service. At least I do. I start planning a huge endeavor that requires all sorts of resources and funding when all I need to do is look around me and start small. All of us, regardless of how limited our resources may seem, have exactly what we need to make a huge difference!.
PS: I cannot believe she’s already going to college. It feels like yesterday you were telling me about her discovering her passion for getting involved in global change.
Linda BPosted at 19:31h, 05 August
As a new SHOT@LIFE Champion, your quote really resonates with me … thanks for being a 2015 Blogust contributor and helping the cause!
Seana GrahamPosted at 19:48h, 05 August
Arthur Ashe–he lived it, didn’t he?
Asha DornfestPosted at 20:24h, 05 August
That quote is amazing. As are you!
EmmaPosted at 20:34h, 05 August
It’s a lovely quote – perhaps I’ll pass it on to my own mother! Thank you for sharing your story.
Diane GlasgowPosted at 21:05h, 05 August
“People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” ~Abraham Lincoln
Mr LadyPosted at 21:06h, 05 August
Oh, I feel this so hard. Also fixin’ to send a kid off into the wide world. I also pray they know what all they can do is enough. Beautiful.
AmberPosted at 21:19h, 05 August
Awesome quote. thank you for sharing
M LemckertPosted at 21:24h, 05 August
Delores Van HornPosted at 12:39h, 06 August
Loved your story – how to help our youth become advocates for those in need!
Hope RandallPosted at 14:40h, 06 August
A perfect example of why young people need to believe in themselves! Their passion truly can and does ignite change beyond what they can see.
Cindy LevinPosted at 16:47h, 06 August
A lovely and important quote. Thank you, Tracy!
Caryn/The Mid Life GuruPosted at 18:29h, 06 August
Passing on a tradition of doing good to the next generation–perfect!!
Gal SPosted at 22:19h, 06 August
This is wonderful, Tracey! Thank you!!
Marisol MoralesPosted at 12:14h, 07 August
I am a beleiver that small steps can lead to big changes. Thanks for the opportunity of taking part of this great effort!
LizPosted at 13:24h, 07 August
I don’t think I’ve ever seen this quote before. Thank you so much for sharing it. And for being a part of this amazing campaign.
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Tanis MillerPosted at 17:31h, 07 August
I love that quote. So much. Thanks for participating in this awesome campaign.
Kendra FramptonPosted at 22:33h, 07 August
Simple yet powerful. Thank you for sharing!
Kathryn SPosted at 00:33h, 10 August
Beautiful post and wonderful cause; thank you for caring.
I love the Arthur Ashe quote and here are a few of my favorite encouraging quotes:
“By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before.” ~Edwin Elliot
“We won’t always know whose lives we touched and made better for our having cared, because actions can sometimes have unforeseen ramifications. What’s important is that you do care and you act.”—Charlotte Lunsford
“Never squander an opportunity to tell someone you love or appreciate them.” ~Kelly Ann Rothaus
Tracey, I am so appreciative of all you and your daughter have done and are doing for Shot@Life and for you both for being yourselves. Much love to you both and to your whole family.
Nate BradshawPosted at 17:00h, 10 August
Thank you for moving such an amazing cause forward!
jana anthoinePosted at 16:43h, 16 August
I love this quote so much. Happy #Blogust.
Laura BCPosted at 02:46h, 17 August
Christine CrankPosted at 01:35h, 18 August
I love all the quotes on here.
jeannettePosted at 19:03h, 18 August
Love this quote so much. Thank you for always supporting Blogust!
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