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!