I’m going to break my usual form and post something that’s out of the norm for me. I can’t resist though, because this post is actually going to be something written by someone else, a friend of mine, and was shared by him on Facebook. A lot of people seem to be on one side or the other of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, either jumping on a viral trend, or lamenting about it in some way (waste of water, lack of clean water kills more people annually than ALS does, hating on trendy people, etc). I’m not going to say much more about it, because Joe said it far better than I think I could. There is eloquence in his words, and not just for the combinations of the letters, but in the sentiment he writes about, and I feel that this is something that should absolutely be shared. In the times we live in… Joe nails it. Whether or not you agree with the challenge itself, I hope you can recognize its impact on our lives recently.
Ice cold awesomeness.
Written by Joe Weible
August 25, 2014 at 1:07pm
I think people miss the true beauty of the Ice Water Challenge for ALS. Both the supporters and the detractors.
It isn’t about how much money it’s raised, or how it was raised or whether or not someone really donated, if it is a waste of water, or anything else. Really – those are all somewhat valid points (OK, the wasted water complaint is kinda odd). But the thing that makes this really amazing is –
People are doing it. Whether or not they donate, people are doing something that started up to support a Boston College baseball player named Pete Frates. One of the guys he played ball with did it, and donated to ALS in his friends name. He then challenged the rest of the team they played on. And some of them challenged co-workers, families, or other teams.
Then something CRAZY happened.
Folks started doing some incredibly silly, all in the name of some guy they never met. Men, women, children. Old and young. Professionals, students, individuals, groups. Rich and less than rich. Someone challenged a pro player. And then celebrities, politicians, NFL, NBA, MLB players. Former presidents. Someone challenged the Prime Minister of ENGLAND (who donated instead).
Someone did something AWESOME. And it spread. It raised awareness – and it spread. It raised a LOT of money (like 50+ MILLION) – and it spread. Person by person, friend challenging friend, video by video,
LOTS and LOTS of videos.
Watch some of those videos. You’ll see that a lot, if not most, have things in common – other than ice water.
Laughter. Joy. Compassion. Community.
In a time in our lives with ISIS, riots, Gaza, shootings, etc…
All these people, doing something, lifting some spirits, and yeah – helping out a charity.
Not bad for a bucket of ice water.