Live Below the Line Posts from 4 weeks of LBTL in 2011

Has been great to re-read these posts from last year and remember what a remarkable challenge it was and how much growth I received from doing it and have continued with today… Can’t wait for my LBTL ride this year in April, North America, 1000 miles…!

The Posts:

Careful What You Eat Kids…

Day 1 of 28 Live Below the Line

Live Below the Line – my sister cleans out the cupboards

First Hurdle – Day 4 of Living Below the Line

Day 5 Family Feast – Observation

The next hunger strike – I’m paying attention!

Rice and Lentils Lesson

Lifting the Steaks…

Live to Eat? Eat to Live?

I’m Craving Something Far Bigger and Better Than Pizza and Beer…

Pollution → Solution → Resolution → Revolution

How will you celebrate – big roast or big resolves?

You Are All Fantastic!

‘Fancy’ Living Below the Line

The best things in Live Below the Line are Free – a wonderful lesson learnt!

Running – a privilege and a stupid concept

Day 3 of my LBL Penalty…

Live Below the Line – Forever!

Live Below the Line – Changing Worlds

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Careful What You Eat Kids…

Did my shopping today for 28 days of Live Below the Line at the Preston Markets inMelbourne.

Rhubarb caught the eye of my good friend and Live Below the Line guru – Richard Fleming (of 3 months of LBTL fame in 2010).

His question: ‘Can you eat the leaves of the Rhubarb?’

My response: ‘Yeah surely… like beetroot the leaves have more nutritional value than the actual part we are used to eating – so the leaves of Rhubarb should be pretty much the same (flawed logic I know but sounded good)!’

So for $1 we both purchased a large bunch of rhubarb each – thinking it was the steal of the day with the yummy celery part to be cooked up with some sweet cheap pairs and apples then the bonus of the leaves for all that supposed iron goodness…

Back at base I have spent the entire afternoon cutting up my pumpkin, zucchini, broccoli and cooked up a giant soup that will do me well into the first week if not beyond. The icing of the cake of this soup was adding the amazing iron tablets that looked like to rhubarb leaves.

In such excitement I called my mother to brag that this whole Live Below the Line thing will be a synch and a good healthy change of diet. That was until…

Rhubarb leaves – ‘They’re poisonous DON’T EAT THEM!’ Good one mum sure you’re just giving me a hard time because I made such a rad soup.

Quick search on the internet and yep – toxic and should not be eaten –http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhubarb#Toxic_effects as much as we shouldn’t believe all on the internet I willing to go with Wikipedia on this one…

So huge pot of soup in the compost and do I count it as my spent income – I should but probably won’t. Gives me yet another insight into the lives of those who live in extreme poverty… how many people out of hunger, need or curiosity have eaten something that looks okay to eat and have had their other food spoilt, become sick or even died…?

I think this who thing should be called Lesson Below the Line – I haven’t even freaken started yet! More inspiration to set me up for my 28 day start tomorrow!

Red - good, Green - bad

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Day 1 of 28 Live Below the Line

Cynical, Inspiring, Idealistic, Reality, Clarity, Simplicity, Drive

Some of the powerful thoughts that have already stemmed from my eating habits and way of life – Living Below the Line.

Perspective: see picture – 5 days of food laid out on the table which became 2 days of food after not knowing enough about the food I eat – which would not be a mistake those living in extreme poverty would or can afford to make! See my previous blog

Cynical:  My first thought this morning was – I am not going to use this wonderful social experiment to see how lucky we are, I’m to use it to look at how far removed we are from the rest of the world in over-consumption, unnecessary wants and more greed than need.

Inspiring:  Delivered the GPP presentation to room full of change-makers working on a new initiative to improve education in a small rural Ethiopian community. The inspiration they gained was wondering ‘How did you ride out here on a piece of toast, apple and refusing the lovely cakes on offer!’ Luckily I was using my reserves of fat (now depleted).

Idealistic:  I feel really good about doing this… It is a small sacrifice for me but it will create so much conversation and thinking with the people I interact with for the next 28 days.

Reality:  I will get hungry, bored and not allowed to have a crumb or drip of anything that hasn’t come from my $2 / day budget (hardest is not eating wasted food for me).

Clarity and Simplicity:  The world looks a simple place when we all put ourselves on a more even playing field and we can all just coexist within our means.

Drive:  For the next 28 days I’m going to really rock this challenge and be an active part of the movement to see an end to extreme poverty!

All this plus… 1 piece of toast, 1.5 apples, mixed veg + 40km bike ride.

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Live Below the Line – my sister cleans out the cupboards

The ripple effect just became more like a wave…

I just spoke to my sister how lives on a farm on the West Coast of South Australia.

Anyway, Jodie decided it was going to be too difficult to do the official live on $2 a day with food prices in rural South Australia. To compromise she has tried to match my efforts of doing Live Below the Line for 4 weeks and decided to not purchase ANY food for the whole month of May.

She is making her whole family stick by this law which includes her husband, daughter and two sons. They will live off their garden, cupboards, fridges and freezers. She added if things get desperate later in the month she knows there is a back up of a mouse diet as they are in the midst of a mouse plague (joking)!

A creative, thoughtful and active approach to Live Below the Line. Jode said to me she wouldn’t have ever thought of it if it wasn’t for me doing Live Below the Line.

Don’t under estimate the influence (not by telling people what to do – but in your actions) that you will have on others around you.

Good luck Jodie, Luke, Eloise, Max and Joseph!

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First Hurdle – Day 4 of Living Below the Line

My bounding energy can’t get be bothered jumping over the hurdle…

I thought I had limit-less of energy, optimism and happiness. I’m currently tired, grumpy and hungry.

Woke up a treat to start day 4 of 4 weeks. Saved off having my big wholesome bowl of oats till 9.30am after riding  into work. However it was on the ride out to Box Hill for a meeting 20km away that I officially first felt tired, hungry and questioning my bullet-proof armor for this challenge.

I am used to putting myself into ‘positive suffering’ – whereby the greater the challenge or uncomfortableness the greater the reward at the end of it all. I live by this when hiking, biking, running, any challenge. I put myself in the same mind-set for this challenge.

To date it has been that euphoric feeling of this is a great thing to be doing… I will be learning a lot, inspiring others and get so much out of it.

I’m now more like: I’m hungry, cold, grumpy and just want a bun!

It may have taken me to day 4 and I know I will turn it into positive suffering soon but for now it feels like suffering… I rode out to the Tullamarine to get my plane to Adelaide in cold winds and soaking rain. I wish I was at home having a cup of hot water, warming up my soup and ready for an early night. Instead I face a delayed flight so I arrive at Adelaide at 10.30pm, bus and walk to a mattress on the floor, midnight lights out and then a 6.30am wake up for an 8.45am Global Poverty Project presentation with 120 year 9 boys…

Sorry just snapped a few strings on my violin bow.

Luckily I get to put all of this into perspective. I choose to do this to be interesting, insightful and for some ‘positive suffering’.

Not one of 1.4 billion people choose to live in extreme poverty. Doesn’t mean they are aren’t happy or live unfulfilling lives but it guarantees they have times of hunger, doubt, uncertainty, suffering – without a visible end sense of achievement. They never know if they will have enough food – tomorrow, next week, next month and beyond and please for humanities sack don’t let there be any sickness, disasters, conflicts or something they have no control over.

I have my optimism and happiness back now having feel like this ‘positive suffering’ day is a character building and enlightening experience. On the plane, new town and rocking GPP presentation tomorrow!

Living (and Learning) Below the Line…

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Day 5 Family Feast – Observation

I’ve returned back to my family home in Adelaide for some Global Poverty Project presentations.

Great morning 200 year 11/12 boys and eating my oats throughout the presentation adding so much more reality to the 1.4 Billion Reasons presentation!

One of my routines when back in Adelaide is to visit my sister who works at the most amazing cheese shop in the Adelaide Central Market and have a feed of some form of Asian delight.

Really hit the hunger and temptation button being in the market. But resisted and got a $1 bag of pears, cucumbers, potatoes and 4 bread rolls for my days in Adelaide.

Then the real test kicked in back at my sister’s place later in the evening as we sat down with another sister and mum to have a great family catch up with is ALWAYS accompanied by wonderful food, wine and deserts.

I cooked up probably the best mean I have so far on LBTL. This should have been the most exciting food moment for the week so far but in comparison with what was around me it barley made a smirk of pleasure.

It also taught me a lot about the size of servings and how much we eat. I knew how much I would have eaten had I had ‘free-range’. Instead at the completion of my filling and satisfactory meal I had a cup of hot water and looked forward to brushing my teeth and having toothpaste flavour while my family had teas, chocolates and nut slices.

People in poverty are no different – it is not like they don’t live in temptation – particularly when hungry. It makes me think how or even why don’t they just demand food when hungry or grab exotic food that others are eating around them. The will, resignation and acceptance of people in extreme poverty is remarkable.

Highlight the amazing traits of people living in extreme poverty instead of thinking how poor they are is my lesson learnt for today. We are not lucky – we are excessive, is the other.

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The next hunger strike – I’m paying attention!

I have a new found appreciation of a Hunger Strike.

I’m kidding myself when I think I have spent 7 days living below the line when you look at people who live their whole lives in hunger but I need to take that to the next step to those who believe in something so hard the take on a hunger strike.

I’m passionate about ending poverty but to go without food for more than a couple of days I know my passion and commitment would wander…

The next time I heard someone is taking a hunger strike on something – I’m going to listen as that person really believes in something.

Food for thought – wonder if that came from a hunger strike?

Food for Thought

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Rice and Lentils Lesson

Nice to hear if you decide to push the boundary someone else decides to as well…

An email from a mate of mine I catch up with about once every 5 years but just the kind of person you might also ‘drag’ into the inspiration of Live Below the Line!

His tips about living and cooking rice and lentils:

In sympathy for your good self, I’m going for the month.  I must admit that it has actually been difficult to eat more than $1 worth of rice and lentils in a day.  I have lost the desire to eat, but surprisingly feeling OK at present. 

It certainly does give a realisation how difficult it must be to live off $2 a day total. I paid our electricity for the quarter this morning – I’m going to have to stop eating for 900 days to catch up!

Anyhow my best recipe is 1/2 cup rice and 1/2 cup lentils in the rice cooker with a teaspoon of garam masala and a teaspoon of chilli flakes.  My worst recipe is 1/2 cup of rice and 1/2 cup of chickpeas in the rice cooker at the same time (=mushy overcooked rice and undercooked chickpeas – I think I lost a kilo that day).

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Lifting the Steaks…

I’m currently on day 9 of 4 weeks of Live Below the Line. I am enjoying the challenge and learning from it but I want to take it up a step.

My body and mind has almost cut out any temptations and is in LBTL mode. So I think I need to extend it a little by lifting the steaks (nice pun eh!). No… not by eating a steak and living on that for the number of days it represents – cool idea but too tough. Instead…

Following the lead of another LBTL’er I am going to only eat the same three meals each day for the official LBTL week next week and it will be under $2 a day including cooking costs and water – basically oats, dahl and soup.

This compared with the 1.4 billion on our earth who do that day in day out and not just for food is still a luxury but they are my inspiration.

All the best with your adventures for Live Below the Line and how you will maximise the learning you will get from it!

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Live to Eat? Eat to Live?

Well at the moment as I am into day 12 of 4 weeks of Live Below the Line and I am the latter (eat to live).

But for me I believe this is the way it should be and has been for most people for ever until recently in some parts of the world.

Think about how much we want these days and how we quickly translate into need.

It starts with – ‘man I really feel like a coffee’ and quickly rushes into ‘I need a coffee.’ I have always tried to be of the needs-based thought picture but most people are. When you are a kid you are only allowed to have sweet things on special occasions and then when you are under your own control you live by the rule that I need that sweet thing to see the day out.

If you live in poverty, in particular in a developing country, you have no ‘I need…’ because you don’t complain – you can’t, you don’t know what it is like to have and therefore want. This is not a sad picture it is one of life, survival and the now as opposed to ‘I want/need this so I can… (usually referring to something in the distant future)’.

When you only get to eat to live you have more appreciation of everything else around you and have a closer connection to it all.

I am not saying we all need to starve ourselves to feel this but we can do it in a mind shift from I want/need to I have…

A little head swirly this morning as I haven’t had my simple bowl of oats yet and my preaching about this bliss-in-simplicity and positivity is going to go through the roof in the next three days as I attend a conference from 9am to 10pm each day looking at perspectives and potentials. Sure to give you more ‘privileged-is-terrible’ rant next week!

I love being an advocate and believer children born today will grow up in a world where everyone will have enough food, access to clean drinking water, be able to go to school and not die from preventable diseases – sorry getting a little preachy as haven’t had my breakfast yet today and deep in empathy!

How to LBTL – PUMPKIN: roasted, baked, fried and boiled. But wait… capture the water you boiled the pumpkin in and have as nutritious filling drink during the day, PLUS peal the skin and keep the seeds and bake in the oven for crispy treats! You – win. Waste – lose!

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I’m Craving Something Far Bigger and Better Than Pizza and Beer…

By the end of this week of over 6000 people doing Live Below the Line I hope they will be craving more than just a sweet piece of cake or a pint of fine amber fluid.

I’m currently 2 weeks into my 4 weeks of Live Below the Line and I already know what I will be craving the most by the end of this challenge…

I crave to see an end to extreme poverty within my lifetime!

This and challenge and experience is not about teaching me how to save money or lose weight or appreciate how lucky I am to live in a country in Australia.

It is yelling at to take action and be a part of the solution that sees an end to extreme poverty so everyone has access to enough food, clean water, health facilities and services, education and their access to their basic rights in life.

Very much for me it is not being happy with my lot but being inspired, motivated and active in the movement to end extreme poverty within a generation.

This is how I thank and encourage my sponsors and others who learn more, talk, volunteer, donate, buy ethically or advocate to end extreme poverty.

I hope others are empowered and feel like they are a part of the fight and force to see an end to extreme poverty, even just by reading this blog.

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Pollution → Solution → Resolution → Revolution

Today is a little tougher… I usually have a pretty positive outlook on life each morning I wake up. This morning is a bit harder than normal.

I’m proudly into day 19 of Live Below the Line because I have committed myself to take the challenge for the whole month. I have also committed this week to do it for $1 a day.

My thought this morning is that of hesitation and reluctance, not emotions I am used to having. I know I will be riding over 35km today – something I usually look forward to but today I know I will be doing it on a quarter tank (of energy).

How do you face everyday when you live in extreme poverty when you know you have nothing or a limited amount to eat for the day ahead? You can’t say well I’ll take it easy today or slack off in any way. It would then perpetuate the cycle of not having enough to eat the following day – a life of survival when you are ruled by food.

Again it comes back to access to choices – I can choose to take a train, I can choose to eat more if really want, I can get someone to assist me with a donation of food or access the services my government can afford to provide me.

Extreme poverty = no access, no choices → but there is something we can do…

→ lets start with learning more,

→ then have a chat about these topics and issues,

→ how bout volunteer – locally/globally/online/professionally…?

→ we can donate of course, but it should be with our heart and head – know where your money is going to have a positive effect and feel good about it (like sponsoring me for Live Below the Line and the work the Global Poverty Project does link here)!

→ buy ethically – fairtrade or other ethical purchases: chocolate, coffee, clothes and more!

→ almost best of all is you can SHOUT and advocate and join more campaigns like Live Below the Line

If you want a hand to connect the dots to put all of this together and understand how we can fight extreme poverty and make sure everyone in the world has access and choice then please come and see me and others present the Global Poverty Project’s 1.4 Billion Reasons presentation

Starting to look forward to my ride today as I know I will be presenting to 100 year 9 girls who will inspire me with their creativity and resolve to see an end to extreme poverty within a generation!

Experience the pollution → learn solutions → make resolutions → see the revolution!

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How will you celebrate – big roast or big resolves?

Firstly a huge congratulations to everyone taking part in Live Below the Line – totally amazing!

As a presenter and manager at the Global Poverty Project I would like to offer everyone a challenge in how you celebrate your week of Living Below the Line…

In the past I have always found it a little interesting that people celebrate the 40-hour Famine with a massive feast at McDonalds which ultimately shows a lack of understanding and purpose in the whole thing.

I am not here pointing the guilt or moral finger at but I am challenging you in your thoughts and actions from this week…

Will you have a gigantic roast feast at 12.01am tonight or will you take your learning to the next level – be humble for the experience and learning it has offered?

Yes, eat something wholesome and delicious – everyone will and after my month of Live Below the Line I will be as well but I would suggest doing it with restraint, grace and gratitude.

Most importantly what did you resolve to do during this week to be an active part of the movement to end extreme poverty? Buy fairtrade, donate, talk about these topics and issues more, other…?

One awesome way to make it all ‘stick’ would be to come and check out a 1.4 Billion Reasons presentation to put it all in context and why we ran this campaign and why the Global Poverty Project exists.

Congrats, welcome to the community and movement and live your words and resolves!

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You Are All Fantastic!

Congratulations on an amazing effort, support and advocacy.

I’m sure you have all gained an insight into the lives of 1.4 billion others who live it everyday – often for their whole lives…

Great thoughts, conversations and action you have inspired by being a part of this. It is only as big as you – without the messenger there is no message.

Thank you so much for engaging your family, friends and community!

As a little side note I am continuing till the end of the month and the reasons for this are:

  • I enjoy the headspace it gives me
  • I hope people coming late to the challenge can engage with someone still doing it
  • I like to push as a leader and widen the boundaries
  • I still feel it is a teaspoon compared with 1.4 billion others who live it for their lives
  • I am fortunate to have an intimate relationship and learning with the concept, the people it represents and the difference it can make

I certainly DO NOT do this to make your efforts seem insignificant or try to be better than others and sometimes I push bragging rights but it is for the reasons I listed above.

PLEASE know that your contribution is just as significant and effective. I don’t ever undervalue that – even if it is just one meal it has the same compassion and want for resolve in it!

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‘Fancy’ Living Below the Line

Living Below the Line doesn’t mean it can’t be fancy… this was the quote from the beautiful touch from a waitress at The Rose Hotel in Sydney.

Lets set the scene…

I have been continuing to Live Below the Line since the official end last week of the hugely successful campaign! I must admit I have had one breakdown – left over tub of yoghurt that was out of date… just couldn’t see it go to waste! To make up for this I will be taking two penalty days in June the next slip up if I have one will cost me a total of 5 days in June so no more slip ups – sorry.

Anyhoo a beautiful little story of Live Below the Line here.

I travelled to Canberra the other day to meet with a bunch of MPs at parliament house who are taking on the challenge see our photos on facebook. From this event I jumped on the train to Sydney and with hunger hitting high I asked the buffet cart for a touch of hot water to mix in with my think concentrated dahl. No worries till she said it would be $1 for the 200ml of boiling water – sorry no can do and explained why – answer: ‘oh darling you can have this water and let me know if you want some more…’

This is not my story of the blog and I am getting there now!

Arrival in Sydney and straight to the One Just World Forum – great forum series on aid and development http://www.onejustworld.com.au, this one on governance and corruption. After I met with a few of the amazing trained Global Poverty Project presenters and headed across the road from Sydney Uni to The Rose Hotel. Great catch up with inspiring people who donate their time and effort to see an end to extreme poverty – it is a strong common bond between us and stimulating conversation (with a touch of State of Origin rugby in the background).

SO finally my story…! Dinner time came during our catch up at the pub. As my lovely company ordered chicken pizza I took a scone I had made for my travels. It was the only complete scone as the others had smashed and crumpled in my backpack. I combined this with a packet of instant noodles in a cup which had also disintegrated. I approached the pub kitchen asking for the slight chance that I might be able to have some hot water for my debilitated cup of noodles and some heat for a crumbling scone. The waitress said a busy yes and took the items from me and told me to take a seat.

5 minutes later this is what was presented to me with candles, napkins, best silver and more!

It was handed over with the words ‘just because you are living below the poverty line doesn’t mean it can’t be fancy!’

Another lovely memorable of Live Below the Line that makes you feel proud to be a part of it and see the absolute beauty in humans!

Love to pay it forward to those who really need it in extreme poverty…

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The best things in Live Below the Line are Free – a wonderful lesson learnt!

I had a profound Live Below the Line moment last evening.

There have been moments of great reflection and thinking throughout my 26 days of Living Below the Line (minus one, add on two – thanks to a yoghurt breakdown!). Now that this challenge is coming closer to the end of my self selected four weeks I am starting to thinking beyond this challenge.

Yesterday in brief. Worked from my brother’s apartment in the morning and then took a 5km stroll to the train station on a beautiful Sydney afternoon.

Great meeting with an org looking at joining forces inspiring justice, action and global citizenship in year 8’s around Australia. Another walk taking in a stunning sunset with pinks hitting the Opera House and the perfect backdrop for the Bridge.

A 4km-ish walk through town to Central train station where I delivered some end of day sushi to some free spirited homeless folks (ruled slightly by addictions – which I can empathise with a bit better at the moment with my food [yoghurt] cravings).

Train to Kograh and a final 5km walk back to my brother’s place.

It was on this final walking leg that I was listening to a doco about a guy who lived on no money for one year and has not stopped that style of life since, another 3 years. It was inspiring to hear about how to really live with conviction and for a world that is ruled by human spirit, interaction, nature and community as opposed to consumerism. This has always been something I strive for but sometimes lack conviction with when in my own culture and in developed countries.

Live Below the Line has taught me a lot about what it is exactly that I really relate to when I am in developing countries. A simplicity and more ‘pure’ form of life. When I advocate for the world’s most needy it isn’t because they are sad and helpless it is out of respect for what they have and so they continue to have it without fear or worry of sickness, unexpected circumstances and the confidence to have the basic needs in life.

I would love it if Live Below the Line was just as much about our over-consumption and consumerism but pointing the bone at people just doesn’t work.

So with more conviction in my life thanks to Live Below the Line I will be taking on some more voluntary simplicity – walking, eat to live, friends, family, laughs and a closer relationship to my environment and nature.

I have Live Below the Line to thank for a beautiful reminder that the best and most meaningful things in life are for free!

Some great Resources:

–  the podcast of the guy who has lived on no money for the past 3 years+ http://www.rte.ie/radio1/doconone/radio-documentary-moneyless-mark-boyle-freeconomy.html

–  voluntary simplicity – http://simplicitycollective.com/

–  freeconomy – http://www.justfortheloveofit.org/

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Running – a privilege and a stupid concept

I love running. I usually do it a lot. If I have a day with no plans I will fill it with a 2 hour 20km+ run and be satisfied for weeks – love it.

This morning I got a real insight into just how much running is a privilege, pleasure, luxury and how totally ridiculous it is to most of the world’s population.

Last night I had a birthday dinner (yes another one) at my sister’s house. Post Live Below the Line I have still be striving for modest simple and small meals – luckily my sister understands me in a beautiful way and cooked up a heap of vegies and lentils.

Anyway I got to eat my fill, till my tiny tummy stretched no more. This morning I woke up with an abundance of energy and went for my favourite past-time of a pre-sunrise run.

Less than a minute into the run I felt this incredible sense of freedom and joy. I had enough energy to really go for a run and know that after I would have enough on my plate to replenish my energy supply.

These feelings of joy soon turned to guilt as I learnt running is not something people who live below the line do – they can’t. It’s not because they don’t want to it is purely because energy is used for the absolute essentials and there are no assurances that the energy used will be replaced.

I now know why when my skinny white frame bounds through the countryside of remote villages around the world the people look at me with shock and dismay. They probably look at me as a crazy rich white man who has enough money to be able to run for pleasure or why as a rich white man, don’t I have someone running for me!

I went for two 8km runs while on Live Below the Line and enjoyed then but they were the slowest runs for a long time and I was always concerned about having enough to eat. Yes, you can be happy living in poverty but there is always a pressure, uncertainly or planning  needed around all your actions.

Running – love it but a luxury and a stupid thing to do (at least now I know)!

Another beautiful insight and appreciation from Live Below the Line…

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Day 3 of my LBL Penalty…

If I am going to live with my own authenticity, ethics and integrity then I should keep my promises. My four weeks of Live Below the Line was a great learning experience but I had a moment of weakness and cheated / lied to myself – damn that tub of out of date yogurt that was going to be thrown out! (I ate during LBL – worth over $2…).

So to off-set this misdemeanour I have given myself three extra days of Live Below the Line – and thank goodness I have.

I can’t believe how quickly I changed my discipline and thought process of during Live Below the Line to not LBL!

The first few days after LBL, which finished for me on my birthday, I was very controlled and restrained and carrying my learning along. Then one lash out of exuberance lead to another and pretty soon I was back on the over consumption / under active lifestyle we do so well…

In the last three days being back on Live Below the Line has been a great hall of mirrors and taken me back to some of the promises I make when living my ‘pure life’ in developing countries and how I carry them over to my own culture and the developed world – which includes a long bike ride upon return, living in a van and other simpler traits as our less fortunate sisters and brothers do.

While I would love to take on LBL for longer I am getting death threats from mum and other women around me to eat, put on weight and get fit for my volunteer leading in Peru(probably a good idea). However I hear by solemnly swear my sugar-free Monday will now become Live Below the Line Monday (in ethics, simplicity and action) for at least till the end of the year – see how that plays out in Peru!

It will mean a weekly dose of small simple eating and appreciating the world as a whole and thinking about how I might continue to learn and promote more equality around the world. I hope to do this till the day we see EVERYONE have enough to eat, drink clean water, have access to health and education and not live with the insecurity of their next meal or sickness that may arise.

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Live Below the Line – Forever!

Some of you will worry that this is something I might do!

I have officially finished my unofficial 4 weeks of Live Below the Line but there are habits, thoughts, inspirations and messages I will keep with me forever.

I ended my LBL campaign on my birthday 29 May with a bowl of yogurt and a little chocolate surprise as I watch the sunrise through the clouds over the sea and speaking to my girlfriend on skype in Colombia!

For the rest of the day I did keep a fair-bit to my LBL ethos (except for the yoghurt, a beer later in the day – which resulted in a shocking LBL headache for the remainder of the evening, and a modest bowl of custard for desert).

My birthday / end LBL dinner was a familiar vege soup with lentils. The beauty of it was it was shared with my gorgeous nephew, brother and sister-in-law and THIS is the beauty of LBL…

What has become more apparent to me in this experience is that, the more I wanted a greasy pizza at the end of the LBL experience the more you appreciate the community and environment around you and the less the ‘prize’ at the end meant. So the big meal I had planned became insignificant as I now know the best part of any meal for me is the humility and company that comes with the chance to break bread.

I have at least two more days of LBL in early June due to a self imposed penalty from a week ago but I will continue to have plenty of LBL days forever as it keeps my mind – active, empathetic and inspired and my actions – passionate, directed and meaningful.

I know everyone will have had this experience even if it was just for one LBL meal or for longer.

A truly learning and powerful experience that has had great reach and effect – both individually, community wide and of course globally as we aim to be active to see an end to extreme poverty!

Keep in touch and be sure to follow the amazing advocacy and education of the Global Poverty Project – http://www.globalpovertyproject.com !

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Live Below the Line – Changing Worlds

Live Below the Line CAN change the world and WILL change your world

The Live Below the Line challenge is so good on so many levels.

Some challenges are great like Movember, Febfast, 40 Hour Famine etc but they don’t have the complete full picture scale of LBL.

  1. LBL has been a great, fun, interesting and difficult challenge which is why people want to do it – so we have the novelty, competitive challenge strand.
  2. It then of course contributes to meaningful causes such as global awareness education and campaigning and education projects in developing countries – change for good strand covered.
  3. But it also has a long lasting effect on the people who undertake the challenge and turns the challenge into thought, habit and lifestyle changes.
  4. On top of all of this it is the most thought provoking, conversation starting and inspirational for others campaign I have ever seen!

If you have done LBL last year or this year or thought about doing LBL this year or maybe next year – simple: Do it!

If you want…

–   learning,

–   insight,

–   inspiration

–   to be a role-model for others,

–   have a greater appreciation of everything around you,

–   integrate more with your community and environment –

Then Live Below the Line is your chance.

The thing is we can do this anytime we like. Even for just one meal or one day. It is something I will do on a regular basis – actually I am thinking each Monday to upgrade my sugar-free Monday to LBL Monday.

Join a life choice that will improve the perspective and quality of your life (if you want to).

Thanks for sharing my Live Below the Line journey with me and keep an eye on my weekly blog for more propaganda and weird ways of living:

Humility, Harmony and Happiness

d’Arcy.

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Until 2012… http://lunnyLBTL.wordpress.com !

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One Response to Live Below the Line Posts from 4 weeks of LBTL in 2011

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