Thursday, March 13, 2014

Journal Day #4

If you had unlimited resources, what political or social issue, or area of scientific or medical exploration would you fund? Do you have a cause that is near and dear to your heart that you'd put your time, energy, and money into if you had the means? Tell us about it, along with a bit of background explaining where you're coming from.

I thought hard about this one- there so many different things that come to mind when I think about causes or issues I would love to contribute to on a large scale. Imagining having unlimited resources and being able to help advance something I believe in is amazing- working on equal rights for everyone regardless of sexual orientation, clean water, autism research, arts in schools...I feel like anyone would have a huge list full of things that matter to them or strike a chord. It's different for everyone and it's hard to put one idea over another, because they're all so important, but my mind always goes first to the same place- cancer research.

In my lifetime I've been affected by cancer many times- my Aunt passed away from ovarian cancer, my Grandpa and Uncle had colon cancer, my Mom survived breast cancer, and I've had a few friends battle various types. It sounds so weird to list it out like that and to realize just how close to home cancer has been. It almost feels silly to say "help cancer research," because there are so many different kinds and I don't even know how you would go about doing so, but if things were as simple as this week's prompt makes it sound, then I would just say here, take it all and CURE IT. I wish.

There are other issues too, that perhaps aren't as pressing as something like cancer or AIDS research, but still are things I think about often. One of the areas I'd also love to focus on would be early language learning and literacy programs for children. Even as a high school teacher I saw issues with illiteracy, and it would be great to work towards making sure all kids regardless of where they come from are in a position to learn to read from the start. Another in the same educational vein would be arts in classrooms. I have great memories of the art and music classes we'd have everyday in elementary school and it's a shame that this isn't always the case in all schools these days. A lot of children don't have the means or support to supplement these things outside of the classroom once the programs are cut, so either working on getting them back in the schools, or or creating/supporting community-based programs would be great.

This was a little harder than last week- it's difficult to really narrow it down to one or two major issues and then to talk about them without sounding like I'm answering a Miss America question, but it was good, and a good reminder to think outside of the comfortable bubble I live in. It also made me realize that there are a lot of things I could be doing to help or work on issues I care about, and I should look at ways to do so.

So, that my response for this week. How about yours? Share a blurb and a link below if you'd like to participate!

30 comments:

  1. It is here where I learned unconditional love and a profound sense of selflessness. I learned that I was stronger than I ever imagined. I learned that my closest friendships formed with individuals with whom I shared ideals.

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  2. "Earlier this week Humans of New York posted this beautiful photograph with the caption ( a quote from the subject) “People were sending me messages in my head. Then they gave me this medicine. It took away my powers and I feel kinda dead now.” If I could change something, I would change how the openness of this man’s comments were received. This beautiful, short insight into the heartbreaking world of Schizophrenia was greeted with remarks against the medication he takes and the struggles he faces. This has to change."

    http://sparklebackpackgirl.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/journal-day/

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    1. Lovely post and a sad one at the same time.

      Sad that it is the same all over the world. We have the same problem here in Australia. Take Anorexia for example... over thousands of cases and only 20 beds in the entire country.

      We need better education and awareness and government help.

      Stephanie

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  3. Hello Dani,

    This week was a tough one.. like you there are so many causes I could have gone with (literacy and English as a second language are a few for me).

    But I went with my heart....

    "As I mentioned above, I pretty much love all animals, but one group I adore are elephants. Elephants are amongst the most amazing animals I know of.  They are majestic and so big, yet they can show such emotion and vulnerability. And, come on, how cute are the little ones?

    I have always found elephants fascinating because of these emotions. How they bring their families up, how they travel for hundreds and hundreds of kilometres on the same route for years. Simply amazing.  Well a few years ago I discovered “The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust” in Kenya, Africa."

    http://in-my-backyard.net/2014/journal-day-prompt-4/

    Stephanie

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  4. It really is incredibly difficult to choose between so many important causes.

    http://andwontonmakesthree.wordpress.com/2013/03/13/weekly-prompt-a-good-cause/

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  5. Gabi and I are chatting about mental health and food sovereignty this week!

    http://www.withwanderlust.com/2014/03/journal-day-04.html

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  6. My son has a super rare platelet condition that I would absolutely want to funnel money into -- they've done some testing, but not nearly as much as is needed before any kind of headway can be made. I'm also passionate about funding for cerebral palsy research, since it very closely impacts our family.

    I didn't write out a response to this (I just saw it today), but I love that you asked this. Definitely a great thing to think about.

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  7. i'm a little obsessed with the issue of voting rights. after an internship with rock the vote, i wrote my thesis on voter disenfranchisement and haven't stopped thinking about it!

    "it's a fact that democracy works better the more people who are involved. the greater the electorate, the greater representation of the country. why would any government official want to implement a law that restricts and limits the electorate? thus decreasing the effectiveness of the system."

    http://www.mamages.com/blog/2014/03/journal-02.html

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  8. This one was not easy...and I took it in a less than formal direction. It might be a stretch, but I went with curiosity. kindness, simple pleasures...which I think are a lot bigger social issues than we often recognize them to be:

    "I would pour my heart into it. My soul. My everything.

    There would be grants, scholarships, big huge checks (in actual size, not necessarily in monetary value) like people only ever really win in my dreams...."

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    1. Oops, the link!
      http://www.dropofkindness.com/2014/03/12/giant-checks-and-cups-of-coffee/

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  9. This is my first time reading your Journal Day but naturally I love it. I agree with the second reader in that I would love to fund more into helping those with mental illnesses. When I think of this, I immediately think of shootings in schools and public places. My heart always goes out to the victims and their families, but I always think of the shooter. Most of the time there are signs from their past (bullying, broken home, etc.) that are ignored and people are do quick to shake their heads at them. This is just an example of course but I wonder if there were more places for these people to go to get help and not be judged, would there be less incidents.

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  10. I enjoy prompts like this, they really make you think. Your answer is thoughtful, inspiring, and sad at the same time. I agree with all of your points. My order would be: 1) multiple sclerosis research, 2) cancer, 3) arts education, which influences every area of learning, including literacy. It's hard to number such a list though, and to put anything above cancer! But the cause that is most dear to my heart is MS research as I do have a direct connection to it. Anyway, loved this post!

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  11. This one was a bit challenging! Thank you for that :) I debated writing about a number of different ideas but settled on one near and dear to my heart: the arts.

    "I went to a high school with a fairly strong arts program--music, theater, and art, including photography--and I consider myself lucky. I played clarinet in the band all four years. I took several art classes, with a focus in painting, and I was also on the speech team, an experience that changed my life. I credit the arts for giving me such an enriched and fulfilling high school experience and youth in general. I have always been interested in creating and dreaming and I've loved the written word for longer than I can remember."

    http://alifefortuitous.blogspot.com

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    1. Here is the direct link to the entry: http://alifefortuitous.blogspot.com/2014/03/journal-day-for-love-of-arts.html

      :)

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  12. I am not currently participating in this series but what an amazing series!! Your response was incredible and I definitely can relate on the "I wish" side of things. I myself have a rare disease called Chiari Malformation and the journey I have had with that is actually the reason I started blogging If I could funnel research to rare diseases and help stop the struggle of the unknown for the future I would absolutely love to do so.

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  13. Such a great prompt...I ended up writing about a completely different subject that I initially thought of...

    "Both my parents died at too young an age, before their time, in very different circumstances. Both heart wrenching in their finality, despite their inevitability. Both moments of being told forever ingrained in my mind...Yet one cause is openly supported and funded until a cure is found. The other seemly is ignored, at the bottom of the pile, save for a few voices..."

    http://time-to-be-an-adult.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/journal-if-i-had-all-resources.html

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  14. It's really fascinating reading everyone's response to this one. The causes that matter to us. I'm always a day late but here is my response:

    'That means for 99% of the people trapped in slavery no one is coming to rescue them.'

    http://redrosestyle.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/journal-day-4-unlimited-resources/

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  15. "It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to focus on in this prompt. I thought about social issues like bullying or poverty, but I kept coming back to one of the most basic human needs: water. Such a large percentage of our world is made up of the stuff, yet there are so many people who don't have access to clean drinking water."

    http://www.microscopelife.com/2014/03/journal-day-4.html

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  16. Mine has a lot to do with not being able to settle on just one cause... but I found a way to help many of them if I could! http://lifein2words.blogspot.com/2014/03/journal-day-4.html

    - Sarah

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  17. first, i wanted to say hi! i'm new to your blog and love it :) i happen to be a researcher at a cancer center and honestly i am so with you. i work on making a vaccine from resected tumor (ex vivo preps) that can be administered back to the patient to try to 'kill' the cells that will go on to make tumors. it's the most frustrating/rewarding/motivating job i've ever had.

    in regards to your journal prompt, social justice has always been something that seems to be an underlying theme when it comes to causes for me. providing basic needs/resources, promoting education and reducing ignorance while uplifting tolerance and complexity of others who are different to name a few. kind of a broad spectrum of ideas here, but you get the picture ):

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  18. Mine is about the education system. I have a passion for education, and the enjoyment of it.
    http://bocboc-n-bows.blogspot.com/2014/03/what-would-you-fund.html

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  19. I'm really surprised by what I ended up writing about. This is a tough question, but it was also fun to think about! Thanks!

    "But this post isn't about whether or not I was good at science or math or even english. This post is about something I hold very near and dear to my heart: health. In a world where we are, literally, surrounded by illness, it's easy to see how important health is to happiness. If you don't have your health, things can get pretty grim, pretty quickly.

    I read a lot of research on the subject & find it very interesting. It also really bothers me that there seems to be so little being done to treat the cause behind an illness. Sure, we have lots of treatments for the symptoms, but I can't help but think how great it would be if we could treat the root cause."

    http://whoalansi.blogspot.ca/2014/03/journal-day-four.html

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  20. This is my first time reading your daily journaling posts. It would be really hard to choose just one or two topics to explore. There are so many ways I'd like to help, if given unlimited funding, and you're right. It made ME realize that I could probably do more in some areas. I donate where I can. Latest fund raiser was for Cystic Fibrosis.

    Loved reading this!

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  21. I found this difficult to write but I actually really enjoyed giving myself some time to really consider this as it isn't something I'd usually find myself contemplating!

    You can find my entry on fighting poverty here: http://girlwithfringe.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/journal-day-3/

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  22. I'm a bit behind, but here's my excerpt: "I have spent most of my life rejecting my compassionate side. That doesn't mean that I don't care about people or their social problems; it means that I feel so completely overwhelmed by people and their social problems"

    Read the full story here: http://paganwalk.blogspot.com/2014/03/journal-day-solving-world.html

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  23. I'm just about caught up, here's my day 4:
    http://cosmictumblers.blogspot.com/2014/03/journal-day-4.html

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  24. A little late, but here's mine!

    http://simplymphotography.com/2014/03/13/journal-day-charity/

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  25. Loving this series, and feel the need to join soon! And I agree about cancer!!! I have a dear cousin who went from being a hunky football player to looking like a started Nazi victim in under 3 months! It's literally one of the worse things life has to offer!!! We've had our small share of funding cancer research, but everything is just so complicated! Anyways, really just wanted to say I'm loving these journal prompts! Really gets me thinking!

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  26. I am so late! I loved this journal challenge, it really got me to think and figure out what my heart cares about. I hope you enjoy.

    "The one thing I love about working in Customer Service, is the ability to talk to anyone who comes in the store. The conversations always start off as simple as weather issues, but depending on the personality of the individual standing before me, it soon turns into stories of times past, yearning of the heart, or a realizing of something simple turned profound. The main group of people that I hold close to my heart are the elderly. I love them. I often joke with my husband that I would love to adopt an elderly man, because I think they are so cute."

    theknottedhome.blogspot.ca

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  27. Yes to all your causes, but especially literacy! Oh my goodness, the number of kids who manage to slip through the system is astonishing and it just shouldn't be that way in this day and age.

    I wrote about animal conservation and child welfare: http://thingsandtea.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/75/

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