No doubt you have heard about the ALS ice bucket challenge fundraiser. It’s gone very viral. Maclean’s magazine says the ALS Association has raised $70 million so far this year, compared to $2.5 million during last year’s campaign.
So far, I’ve seen this Macleans article: Why the Ice Bucket Challenge is bad for you, and a newscaster saying it’s a waste of water and why not divert the donations to create clean water in poor countries.
My reason for writing this post is this: It seems whenever anything or anyone gets ‘success’, it makes others want to throw darts at it. The more successful, the more vulnerable it is to being open to criticism and trying to discredit the success.
I’m not taking a stance on whether people should do the ice bucket challenge or not; that is for people to decide themselves.
I do think it’s OK to raise awareness or provide other points of view, but only if it is done from a place of respect and goodwill, not from a place of ego to prove who’s better or right or wrong. Not just with this ALS campaign example, but sometimes I think people are expressing their own ego when they decide to speak up against something.
I encourage people to be mindful, and to be aware of their own motivations and actions. When you’re deciding who to donate to (or not), or challenge something that has gained success, check in with yourself first and see where it is coming from. Hopefully it’s not coming from a place of feeding the ego.