We all have certain issues, or causes, that are near and dear to our hearts for one reason or another. We vote for/against these issues, we make donations, we talk to others, we volunteer our time. But how do you choose which issues are most worthy of your limited time and resources?
I have always been ProLife, even back when I was very liberal politically. I've marched in Washington, DC a handful of times, I've worked fair booths, I've written letters, I've debated with nice and not-so-nice people, I've prayed, I've had websites... you name it, I've done it. ProLife is a no-brainer to me-- "thou shall not kill", the end.
Several years ago I got involved in Breast Cancer Awareness campaigns. I have lost two friends to breast cancer, and my mother-in-law has survived two bouts with it, including a mastectomy. I've seen up close and personal how devastating this disease is, and spreading the word about how to be aware of your own body is an easy thing that I can do.
I have been a volunteer since 2002 with ChemoAngels. We adopt patients via snail mail, and send cards and small gifts throughout their treatments to keep their spirits up. I have seen the receiving end of this (my grandma had uterine cancer) and I know this makes a huge difference to someone who is struggling. I also feel dedicated to this cause because it's volunteer work I can do from home at any time of day.
Now, since my daughter's diagnosis, I've been looking at Juvenile Diabetes organizations and wondering what I can do. I feel a strong urge to get involved there. I suppose that's a natural reaction.
Oh, and I also work for a non-profit nursing home. Championing causes like Alzheimer's Disease... not to mention our own fundraising... goes with the territory.
However, dedicating time and energy to all these causes means that I have very little to give to any one cause... and keeping up with all the issues definitely doesn't fit in with my quest to simplify life. So, my question for you is this... how do you decide where (which cause) to spend your time and/or money? Do you think you can be effective for numerous causes, or do you focus on one important cause and leave it at that? I'd love to hear your thoughts!