Michael Hidalgo

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Final Reflections on Living Below the Line 5.12.2012

There is something to be said about “less is more.” For the last five days I have lived on $1.50 per day for all the food that I eat. Rice. Beans. Eggs.I did all of this thinking that I would raise some money to go toward the fight against malaria and extreme poverty.But that was not all that happened.I have this time to do a lot of reflecting. I’ve learned much more than I expected as I lived on less. I have been challenged to live more simply. I am no stranger to having too much of … well, everything. Often…

Food or Malaria Meds? 5.10.2012

If I were forced to live on $1.50 per day in one of the poorest areas of the world, there is a good chance that my family and I would also be at risk for malaria. Which means that if one of us did get malaria that my $1.50 would not be for food, but for malaria meds. The result is a life saved, but no food. So I decided that for today I would not eat anything, and live as though I had to buy a $.50 pill for each of my three children. I’ve wondered how I would…

Living in the Lap of Luxury 5.9.2012

Over the last three days I have eaten four eggs, less than a pound of beans and two cups of rice. Believe it or not, I’m not really that hungry. Certainly I’m more hungry than normal and feel my stomach asking for something more. My energy level is a bit lower than normal, and my head has a dull ache all the time. But overall, after three days I’m okay. I’m know that if I continued eating like this for a month I would feel the effects to a greater degree, but over the last few days the simplicity of…

Poverty is Human 5.8.2012

I’ve been getting some concerned looks today. The concern is around how I am feeling. Several who have shown concern have asked, “Are you hungry?” “Do you feel okay?” “You gonna make it?” These questions have come from those who know me and are aware that I am only spending $1.50 per day on food. Their concern is genuine, because they know me and care about me. They have seen how little there is to eat and when I do eat it’s rice and beans with an occasional egg. This has caused me to reflect on the problem of hunger.…

Giving Not Guilt 5.7.2012

Today was my first day participating in Live Below the Line. It’s not that living on $1.50 worth of food each day is bad. What’s bad is doing this in the midst of others who aren’t. This all came to a head when I got home this evening. Tonight my family ate a wonderful Indian dish filled with chicken, potatoes, tomatoes, rice and some spices that smelled delectable. What’s worse is that I got the meal ready for everyone. With each breath I smelled the wonderful food that I was sorting onto plates for my wife and children. My mouth…
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