Live Below the Line

Tomorrow I will begin a new project in More-wtih-Less Living.

This project is titled, Live Below the Line.

Live Below the Line is a campaign designed to bring about awareness so that we may take action to help meet the first of the Millennium Development Goals, that of eradicating extreme poverty worldwide.  Extreme poverty is classified as living on less than $1.50 a day. Today, there are more than 1.4 billion people living in extreme poverty.  That is more than four times the entire population of the United States.  By joining this project, I will save money that would otherwise be spent on groceries.  I will donate the money I save to organization(s) of my choice.  I also expect that I will develop a greater degree of empathy for those that must live in this situation every day of their lives.  In reality, I cannot live on less than $1.50 per day, because housing and taxes for one month, consist of more than an entire year’s worth of expenses for those living in extreme poverty.  It is good for me to remember that limiting my food consumption to equate to $1.50 per day is, in reality, a poor approximation to the conditions of those who do live on less than $1.50 per day.

I believe that eradicating poverty is more than just donating money to poor countries, though. Eradicating poverty also consists of learning about the conditions which bring about this poverty and correcting those conditions.

Please join me in learning about this very important issue.

It is important to understand that the decisions we make, here in the U.S., have impacts on others.

Please support institutions that promote equality.

Shopping with organizations and companies such as Equal Exchange, Sole Rebels, and even the The Salvation Army, which are all committed to helping others, can make a big difference if many folks join in.  This helps in more than one way.  It helps by directing our purchase dollars away from the companies and organizations that make decisions that promote inequality, while at the same time empowering those that do work for equality and justice.  Considering local and green purchases promotes greater social justice too.

See more about the Live Below the Line project here.

See more about the Millennium Development Goals here.

Please leave a comment and let me know which companies and organizations you support in this effort to shop Fair, Green and Local, so I can check them out too!

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The Daily Grind

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What is the daily grind?

It is something you must do

every day

day after day

day in

day out

every day of the year

repetitive

tedious

boring

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The phrase ‘the daily grind’ has origins in Anglo-Saxon England after the fall of the Roman Empire.

It refers to the grinding and crushing of grains to produce flour, to make the daily bread.

Bread was the staple food of Roman and later Anglo-Saxon society.

Without the ‘daily grind’, there was no flour.  No flour, no bread.

No bread meant hunger.

Old Grindstone - Melbourne, Derbyshire

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Metaphorically speaking it means work.

When you grind something, little bits wear off.

Gradually.

Bit by bit, tiny amounts wear away.

Yet over a long time a lot is worn.

The ‘daily grind’ metaphor can be used two contrasting ways:

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Hard work grinds away your energy, your enthusiasm.

Grinding away hours, months or even years.

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Keep grinding away at your tasks, and you will gradually reach your goal.

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Many related meanings, but all dealing with a subsistence strategy – a means to survive .

I’d like to get back to coffee on that thought.

Have you ever placed much thought on the coffee you drink?

Where does it come from?

Who grew it?

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Does it matter?

I’ll let you decide.

every day

day after day

day in

day out

every day of the year

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I shop Equal Exchange.

Please join me.

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