As the week comes to a close and I prepare to eat my last meal of the Live Below The Line Challenge (a bowl of spaghetti noodles with a side of beans and a clementine for desert) I cannot help but feel somber, emotional and without appetite.
These last few days have been an incredible time of reflection for me. The experience of trying to live on just £1 ($1.75 CDN) of food for a week has incredibly heightened my awareness to the problems of poverty that exist in our world. The sad reality is that, statistics show 1.22 billion people live on less than $1.25 a day, not just for their food (as I have tried to do) but for all their expenses.
It would be a lie to say that I am not hungry, edgy, irritable and tired due to the shift in gears my body has faced with a much less balanced diet than usual. It would be equally untrue to suggest that I am not looking forward to breakfast tomorrow ~ brown sugar on my oatmeal, honey in my tea and a warmed banana muffin baked by my daughters this afternoon….oh and a glass of whole milk!
But ~ there is a deep sadness running through me now, as I envision eating that breakfast. It sours my palate, sticks in my throat and sits uneasy in my stomach. A sadness somewhat spiced with guilt, humility and fear, but not without sprinklings of thankfulness, hope and determination.
Tonight I am asking myself what I will do to keep better balance in my life. What will I do to work harder in the cause of alleviating the hunger of others? What practical, daily routine will I set into play within my own life that will keep me from contributing to the ongoing imbalance in our world?
Tonight, as I make my evening tea with this morning’s dry teabag and my last few crumbs of milk powder, I will think and write on such ideas, which I know will involve a much more conscientious tightening of my own belt.
Thank you to those of you who supported me with your comments, hoots, hollers and especially your donations toward the cause. Together we raised £761 ($1,408.98 CDN) for Made in Europe‘s hunger campaign. Tallies for all that has been raised by the Live Below The Line initiative will be announced soon.
But hunger in our world will sadly still persist… until all of us assess our needs form our wants and try harder to live more in balance ~ so justice and fairness may reach all humanity.