Okay, okay…before everyone gets up in arms about my lack of care for helping people with ALS or breast cancer or…let me clearly state this isn’t a blog against helping people suffering with these terrible diseases. Phil and I had a dear friend who died from ALS and my aunt just died from complications from chemotherapy given to try to fight the breast cancer she had struggled against for 15 years. So…no ‘Elyse doesn’t care about helping suffering people.’ Please.
Here’s my concern: When I see people all over the nation getting buckets of ice water dumped on the heads, I have to ask ‘Why?’ And, yes, I know it’s about raising money for ALS (a good thing) and raising awareness (whatever that means). I still have to ask ‘Why?’ Why this and not something else? And why this at all?
And here’s my answer: There’s nothing more satisfying to the soul than going through a baptism of ice to prove you are good. And if it were only that easy to wash away all the mundane selfishness, shame and bragging about how we’re not really so bad after all…I’d take an ice bath."