I’m seeing and hearing different opinions about doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. When I told someone this morning that I did it today, she said they were challenged but weren’t sure about doing it or not because there are so many other things out there that need attention too. That puzzled me. I told them I agree, so we should do what we can. Having been part of Breast Cancer Awareness for many years, thankfully I have never had it. But when a friend said they needed my help I was there. My family have always been that way, helping when we can where we can. It doesn’t really matter what it is for, just as long as the need is there. Don’t we all give bags of things to the Goodwill, to the Police for the bears, to Food Drives, and especially the Salvation Army Santa ringing the bell at Christmas-time?
So when there is a controversy, my question is, why? I don’t understand why? If you don’t like that all the attention is being brought to ALS – that is a little hard to understand. If you have another disease or disorder you feel needs attention, then find a way to get it out there too. Whoever started this Ice Bucket Challenge struck a nerve. They caught the right person/people at the right time. Let’s give those people suffering with such a horrific disease the attention and hope they need. Or do as a dear friend of mind did. She suggested if you are one of the people who “object” then “please donate to the medical research fund of your choice.” So, this is what I ask, don’t object, and don’t cause controversy or negativity. Let’s try and strike out all the ill and fight against the things that hurt the ones we love, whatever it may be.
On another note, there have also been the people trying to compare the dumping of water as a waste to the people in places like Ghana, where water is a scarce commodity. I don’t think it is fair to make a person feel guilty for dumping water over their head when we have it. Especially in my case when I was standing in the pouring rain! I will share with you a link to my very favorite blog, Ashley at Under the Sycamore. She really can relate to the water shortage in Ghana as it has been something very dear to her heart http://ashleyannphotography.com/blog/2014/07/25/life-came-to-her-village/
There was a time back when I was a teenager when my youth group raised money for books for a group in Ghana. I still have my shirt they sent us in thanks. In fact I can honestly say that experience helped mold me to be the person I am today.
We can all work at the causes we hold dear to our hearts. We can share them, and help each other achieve our goals. Hopefully we will learn lessons along the way, and maybe even find the cures for some of these horrific things that affect such beautiful souls on this earth. Some day . . .