Daily Challenge Saturday May. 05, 2012
Emotional Health focuses on daily experiences related to happiness, enjoyment, sadness, and stress in evaluating overall well-being.
Talk about a cause you feel passionately about and why it's meaningful to you.
- Eibhlin B.LeafingLevel 219
Sorry this is late...it's just that time of year. My cause would be promoting scientific literacy. We've moved from a time when everyone knew a little something about most scientific disciplines to a time when nobody knows much about anything outside their own specialization - it's that broad. While it's made us (as scientists) FAR more collaborative and less competitive, it's confused the public at large. It's really sad to me that so many people, especially in the U.S., don't understand or even recognize basic elementary principles.
I was happily employed in the corporate world, making decent money, travelling and enjoying life when I read Carl Sagan's last book, The Demon Haunted World, and realized he was right. That, plus Edward O. Wilson's Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge and Sociobiology were the clarion call for me: I quit, got my credential and here I am ten years later, scraping out a living in the much detested profession of education. It doesn't pay, has lousy hours and the image couldn't be worse...but....I know where the good stuff is! I know what motivates people, I know how fascinating recent research in several fields is AND how uniquely it's unfolding and I know how to get kids out into the field and working hands on; I know how to engage their hearts in a way that will enrich their lives forever. I know how to shed light on the path that will lead them to greater understanding, more meaningful work & accurate decision making, and I share this every day, in all the things I do. I love my job, and that's the payoff. It's pretty much described in this quote from Edward O. Wilson, my favorite scientist - favorite American, actually -
“You are capable of more than you know. Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path. Aim high. Behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times, and to endure failure. Persist! The world needs all you can give.”
Abra B. replied May 6, 2012 at 15:47 UTC:
I love your dedication and agree with you whole heartedly!
Michelle S. replied May 7, 2012 at 6:14 UTC:
Pat G. replied May 9, 2012 at 18:59 UTC:
This is a wonderful post, you are so special and the kids will never forget how much you inspired them. Having taken a science degree myself I despair at the general lack of critical thinking around and the sloppy pseudo-scientific surveys producing spurious results.
- Chris R.BlossomingLevel 148
- Scott W.BlossomingLevel 247
Honestly there are have been more then one and I am still active members in most and do what I can when I can. Being unemployed and having limited funds and physically not able to help at local shelters and events. I used to be actively involved in a local program called Backpack for Kids where one of the church's would make sure under privileged children had meals in the afternoons when they went home from school especially on the weekends and often for their younger siblings. Often these children would return to school on Monday mornings for teachers or Counselors to find they had not eaten anything for the weekend because the parents were not home but out doing other various activities and not home taking care of their kids, much less ensuring they were being fed or leaving nutritious food in the home for them. This church was put together a local program and the company and many of the associates I worked with volunteered time and money to assist. I also with one other associate would volunteer time and our knowledge + animals for the summer camp with the same kids and would have a day where we would introduce some of these children to a world of adventure and fun they may not have seen otherwise at that young age. Always so much fun to see a 5 year meet up with a bird or a wolf or a ferret for the first time the peels of laughter are so delicious! Our time with them gave my a small platform to talk about the Backpack program and how important it was that we helped out to make sure we took the time to help out to make sure they had good food to take home with them, then allowed me to do the same and turn the table to the Animal shelter and talk about us donating food and supplies as well so homeless dogs and cats would not go hungry and how we also helped take care of them, and then finally a speech on making sure to always remember to spay and neuter. Of course the kids didn't always get everything we talked about, but we did have some parents that did show up to these events so it we always hope it hit home somewhere in that heart and maybe they would show more care with their own children. Love and care for a child or pet is an easy thing!
Have you Hugged you Pet/Kid Today?
Sorry this is late.. Midnight was not my plan but the new med dosage from the doc yesterday had me snoozing most of last night and most of today! Yowwzer's LOL I got in some great Shut Eye!
Lets Hope I can sleep again tonight :)
I hope everyone had a great Saturday and your Sunday is Sensational!!!!
Talk about a cause you feel passionately about and why it's meaningful to you.
How to do it
Do you believe in animal rights? Early childhood reading programs? Better opportunities for the homeless? Whatever your cause, take a moment to share it via Facebook, phone, or email, or tell a friend or family member in person. Be sure to talk about why the cause is so meaningful to you, too
Why it matters
Most of us spend our days trying to find common ground with those around us and keeping a lid on our opinions. By sharing your thoughts about a cause you think is important, you give voice to your deepest values and beliefs - the things that make you uniquely you! Feeling like you're part of a larger cause also helps connect you to the world you live in and empowers you to think about making positive changes
Show moreScott W. and others posted 8 replies.
Meezan F. replied May 7, 2012 at 1:43 UTC:
I didn't mind the tears. :) NO, you do not talk about yourself too much and you have never bragged to me. I am the same way about telling things to people. Like that onion you have to peel away my layers to really get to know me. Yes, one day you will be able to do those things again. Always stay hopeful! :o)
Meezan F. replied May 7, 2012 at 1:45 UTC:
Oh and just to remind you, it was BECAUSE you talked so much about yourself and I liked what you had to say that I requested you as a connection in the first place! :)
- Janet W.Flourishing
I read some other posts before I started this. I, too, am involved and passionate about many things. Spaying and feeding feral cats;political action pushing back against the war on women; knitting for homeless children. We have let homeless people stay with us, and any other way I can find to help. My husband does just is much any way he can.
- Debbie S.BranchingLevel 313
I have a few causes I believe in. I think my biggest cause is to support my friends in their causes! I have supported CHOW (the local food pantry), the National Kidney Foundation (because Mom C has ESRD), the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (because the wife of a friend is a survivor and works for them), the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (because of my feathered friends), American Cancer Society (for my many friends who are breast cancer survivors), and have been most active supporting the Alzheimer's Association through donations and by co-leading a team called "Remember the Song" in the Walk to end Alzheimer's for several years now with my friend who is about to lose her younger sister to early onset.
- Conni M.BlossomingLevel 150
I am running my marathon this November for the Organization for Autism Research (OAR). My oldest son is autistic. He is an amazing, but challenging child. I am so blessed to be his mom.
I was drawn to OAR because they focus on research not a cure necessarily. Most people like my son, like Temple Grandin, will tell you they are happy the way they are. Why would they want to be cured?
I ran for myself, now I run for my son.
- Stacy M.Flourishing
I feel passionately about animal causes~~When I was not underemployed I donated to many causes!! WWF, Ocean Conservancy and Defenders of Wildlife.
Well I am home from a disastrous visit with my "special" friend~~He is no longer special; as "it" is no longer good, hence the limerick I was to write~~~Here it is:
There once was a man named Ted
Who only wanted to take me to bed
I said I decline
My life will be fine
Now that I've control of my head!!!
The hottest love has the coldest end.~~~Socrates
Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.~~~Herman Hesse
Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we do not know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds, it dies of weariness, of withering, of tarnishing.~~~Anais Nin
Show moreLynn H. and others posted 8 replies.
Tom M. replied May 6, 2012 at 13:36 UTC:
Stacy M. replied May 6, 2012 at 15:35 UTC:
Thank you everyone!! Ex's are ex's for a reason!!! I really love him but he has a new girlfriend and refuse to be a "dirty little secret"!!! Just not going there, I deserve better. He is merely a POSFA~~~cannot explain that acronym as it has some expletive deleted's in it!!! Use your imagination if you wish!!