We Can All Be Angels

This is the 11th post in the 15-Day Blog Writing Challenge.

When someone we love is suffering it is easy to forget about the abundance of love and goodness still left in the world. It is easy to forget that we are not alone. That so many others are sharing the same pains, fears, and frustrations within the privacy of their homes.

This is one of the most important lessons I have learned since starting Tiny Steps Mommy. For every tear I may shed, someone else is also crying. Our human experiences although seemingly different are very much the same. We are all connected.

I am grateful for people who have opened their hearts and taught me about true compassion. I am grateful that I can still feel wonder and surprise about what it means to be human and what can happen when you open your heart.

A few months ago I shared how my family has been affected by Prostate Cancer. It was difficult to share, but I felt it was important to write. Shortly afterward, I received a gift from an acquaintance. She is a friend of a friend who I have met several times, but who I have not spent much time with. She wrote me the most amazing words of support and encouragement in a card I still keep by my bedside and read when I am feeling low. Included with the card was a statue of a girl praying. It was a beautiful reminder and token of love from someone I least expected to hear from. My words had touched her and in turn she touched me. She was my angel that day.

I will always cherish this token of love and support.

I will always cherish this token of love and support.

Soon after writing that blog post, my family decided to participate in the Zero Prostate Cancer Run to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer. We had never done anything like this, but it felt right. It felt like something we should do together. What we didn’t expect was the outpouring of support and love from so many people. Our friends, family members, co-workers, Facebook friends, and acquaintances bought t-shirts or donated money toward our team. We far surpassed our original fundraising goal. The day of the run, my second cousin on my father’s side (my step-father is the one battling prostate cancer) shared a photo that really touched me and helped remind me of how blessed I really am. He and all of our supporters were our angels that day.

I am grateful for the love and support of family and friends!

I am grateful for the love and support of family and friends.

During the Zero Prostate Cancer Run, I was inspired by all the people running, walking, and sweating for the same cause. People walked around with signs that read things like, “Survivor,” “Hero,” “in Honor of Daddy,” “in Honor of Grandpa,” or “in Honor of Pop-Pop.” Many of us had never walked or run four miles before, but we did it for them and for us. We were all beacons of hope and support. We were all angels that day.

SFV prostate cancer team pic

We are team SFV: Searching For Victory

Have you ever been touched by the unexpected kindness of someone? Have you ever reached out to someone else? It is the littlest gestures that sometimes mean the most. We can all be angels.

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About 

Nicole Dash is a writer, blogger and business owner who lives in the suburbs outside Washington, DC with her husband and four children. She started her career as a journalist and copy editor. She also managed public relations and corporate communications for a national franchise company, but in 2006 started a child care business. In 2012, she launched Tiny Steps Mommy, a lifestyle and parenting blog that quickly gained a following and connected her to an expansive group of women-owned businesses. In 2013, she started a digital marketing consulting business that focused on growing community in an authentic way. Through those connections she was inspired to open Play, Work or Dash, a coworking space that also offers onsite childcare up to three hours per day. It is where like-minded professionals pursue their business goals with the extra level of support parents desire; a place where you "bring your kids to work." She is an active member of the Washington, DC blogger community. She has been published on The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Mamalode and Pop Sugar.

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  1. This is beautiful Nicole. I’m blessed to have been a part of such shared love.

  2. I was blessed and touched by just reading your article. Life is full of hope, it comes in all forms, shapes, and sizes whenever we need it. God bless your family and the people who showed support in all of your endeavors.

  3. Katie Evans says:

    🙂 xoxoxo

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