Monday, August 25, 2014

Thoughts on the ALS Challenge and why I am choosing to opt out

So, I was watching some Tony Robbins videos that were put on YouTube from various events and well... I came across this one that really not only inspired me... but led me to posting this post before I was even "officially" challenged! YOU CAN WATCH THAT HERE! It got me to thinking about the current social media trend of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that has been trending at great speed for the last couple of weeks (It really started on June 30th) on sites like Face Book, Instagram, Twitter and the like. My husband was challenged and I helped him via getting his stuff set up and taking the video. I too was challenged as well as our children. They will gladly do it, I on the other hand am apprehensive. And here is why:

1. I am learning that I don't have to do things to be "liked" by my friends, much less social media. Today I am taking a stand and refusing to play the whole "do or die" mode that is set by someone else. If I am not bold and strong enough to have convictions that have that "do or die" motto, I surely am NOT giving in to public peer pressure.I have yet to see anyone challenged to go serve in a Homeless shelter, a food-bank, or anything of the like that will help immediately aid someone other than themselves or researchers.

2. There are so many organizations that need your help too. Not just for ALS but what about TTTS that will save LIVES that were created yet sometimes do not even get a chance to be lived outside the womb? What about cancer that is killing kids, mothers, husbands?

3. I am not a trend follower any longer. I used to be. I used to be so cowardly that I would feel ashamed for thinking differently. I am not condemning anyone who took the challenge ~ because like I said.. it made a difference in a positive way. I am growing myself into being a leader  and leaders must consider just exactly what they should do and why they should do it. Call me a natural over thinker ~ I would rather call me a person brave enough to stand out and follow my own convictions.

ALS is real. ALS is deadly. I am not diminishing that truth.  I will donate to ALS and even put a donation button or link here on the blog.  They have gotten plenty of donations.... more than ever before. But really... how many of the people who took the ALS challenge take real challenges in life? How many people who stood bodly and said "I take this ALS challenge in honor of ..... and I challenge ......"would do the same if it meant they actually had to do something more than give a few bucks?  I LOVE that other's were challenged yet .... in real life some of those same people would rather bury their head and either complaining about or hiding from the challenges they are facing. Please do not think I think badly of you .... but in the world we live in I have to make sure to clearly state why I will NOT follow because you may just think I am a coward and don't want' to do it for the simple reasons of not doing it. I am raising world changers in our children, and I truly believe they will be ones who are helping to change our world to be a better place to live, perhaps no longer a place where you are an outcast for thinking differently than you friends and neighbors.

This is a video stating other's who are also NOT participating and they too do not feel shame for standing for what they believe in.
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