Solving a Problem Wholeheartedly #HUNGER STRIKE Day 4
#HUNGERSTRIKE Day 4
Only one more day left of the #HUNGERSTRIKE, friends! I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to the end of this week for more reasons than one.
I think I can blame the limited food for my emotional moments and my tired moments! It’s been hard to concentrate and stay focused. I even had a hard time sleeping this week.
Moment of Weakness
I had a moment of weakness last night before we went to bed.
“Can we just have something to eat? Please? I’ll confess that I broke the strike just this once!” I pleaded with my other half since I didn’t want to be the only one.
“I’d love to I’m hungry too but hungry kids out there don’t have that option so I feel really bad,” he said so casually he didn’t even sound hungry.
Fine then. I knew he was right and I obviously care very much about every single person that doesn’t get to eat when they feel hungry, but can I have something to eat so I can work on the plan?!?
Last night before the kids went to bed was an emotional moment for me. I really wanted someone else to take over the project, turn it into a flourishing organization and just tell me what they needed so I could be helper. I know I have a LOT to offer but being a leader is tiring when you’re hungry and everything seems more dramatic than it is. Know what I mean?
“I don’t think I have it in me,” I said. Then I heard a little voice.
“Mom, you do have it in you.”
A little someone overheard me and looked at me with such comfort and determination that I was overwhelmed with gratitude.
I explained that I was feeling a bit out of sorts and I would be just fine.
Together we really are much stronger!
We were sitting down together, just the four of us, and my other half started talking about a fundraising idea. He talked about location and volunteers and really got excited when he told me how little we really needed to get before the event. The kids each pitched right in with ideas and ways that they could contribute with the strengths they have to offer. I suggested backup plans for volunteers, weather and exposure (backup plans are one of my own strengths). They were all so excited!
I think this week has been enlightening for all of us. The kids have seen my other half and I go on this Hunger Strike and although they don’t like seeing us do this, they know it is for the best.
My other half seems to be moved by the hunger he feels, knowing that so many people are even hungrier without a full pantry of food.
The kids have always been compassionate and jumping on board with a lot of my hair brained ideas. With our broad range of vision and different personalities, we have a very well rounded team. We don’t quit, we adapt to fit what we have available and we always reach what we aim for.
It starts right here in my home, but it extends so much farther than that. My friends and my family scattered all over the world have joined with us in agreement that being hungry sucks and we can all pitch in to do something about it. This week during the Hunger Strike I have been very happy to see so many wanting to tell a friend about the strike.
People like you on our side make an even bigger difference.
My other half and I have had very productive meetings this week and made plans to raise more funds and give work to people that need to make some money.
Self Sustaining & Solving a Problem
The first step to solving the need for food is to eliminate the need for donations. This won’t work for everyone that is experiencing food insecurity but it is a very good start. I am thinking of an email list for people that want to stay informed and keep hearing of ways that you can help out with something as simple as a social media share or donating a few handmade cards! (See Facebook page.) My intention is to receive a steady stream of donations combined with a self sustaining business model that can allow for project growth and support jobs within the organization.
I had wanted to share with you a breakfast bar that I made for one of our meals to fit the school menu (see above) but we have been working so hard on the project that I haven’t had much time to put it together so I will have to owe you.
Shoutout from A Healthy Life For Me
Thank you SO much Amy for giving us a shout out and taking a stand against food insecurity. You can see Amy’s post here.