Do you feel like no one is listening to you online? I’ve been there too.
As some of you know, I spent two years taking care of my late husband, Pete, as he went through cancer treatment. We took that story and made it fairly public as much as we had time to do.
One of these stories still sticks with me.
We were posting videos, updates, doctor’s appointments, the works. And I thought, “Who is actually looking at this? Who cares?”
Then, one day I got a private message. It was from a now dear friend of mine who was also going through treatment for cancer. Not even her family knew. None of her closest friends. No one.
Nobody knew she was going through cancer treatment. No one knew she was fighting for her life.
But she was following us, silently in the background.
And she told us that us sharing our story and our fight gave her the strength to reach out to her family and tell them that she’s going through cancer treatment.
Can you believe it!? This isn’t like a gluten-free or going vegan announcement.
She was going through cancer treatment and didn’t tell her family!!
As I read her message, I was speechless. I didn’t know her. I didn’t know she was following us.
And we had an impact on her life.
Our story gave her the strength to talk to her family and friends.
And you wouldn’t believe what happened after that.
Everybody stepped up.
Everybody helped her. They brought food, took care of doctor’s appointments, drove her around, and just were there for her.
The outpouring of love that she received after doing this, going public with the information that she was battling cancer, was enormous. I’m still getting goosebumps remembering it.
So please, even if you don’t get feedback when you share your story or you put your product out there and no one says anything, people are watching.
And please, if you’re someone who sees something interesting or heart-warming or that makes you cry. Reach out. It doesn’t mean you have to comment and like and have all your friends see you’re interested.
Send a personal message. Reach out to that person and let them know you’re thinking about them and that they have an impact.
Your challenge today? Go reach out to someone who had an impact on your life right now. Do it!