This is what I shared about Dollar a Day yesterday on the Intentional Living Blog. Just thought I’d share it with all of you.
This week we have decided to do Dollar a Day, which was done last year as well. Yesterday was the first day & today was the second. Living on a dollar or less is a reality for many people and families across the world, 1/3 of them and it is astounding to know what they go through.
Many of us might have thought it wouldn’t be possible to do this, but it is possible as many proved last year. The experience so far has had its high and lows. Of late, I myself, have come into contact with Cancer through friends and family. I have seen friends and family go through it, some passing away but others making it through treatment. I’ve seen the ultimate highs they’ve had and been there in the lowest of times. It really is tough and something I often avoided. My first response would be, what would I say to them? But this year some really amazing friends and inspiring people have gone through treatment with their cancer and it really has changed me. I didn’t have a clue on how to handle these things or how I could help but God had brought many across my path this year stirring a lot in me. A compassion and love that hadn’t been as intense as it is now. I never wanted to say, I can imagine what you are going through, because I couldn’t. I could relate to some of their family members but never really to the person diagnosed with Cancer.
Last week I went onto CANSA’s webpage and found out about their programs as I have felt the need to help kids with Cancer. Something I had never in my life considered until recently, and found their program called CANSA TLC (tough living with cancer). Yesterday, was the first day of Dollar a Day and also my first day of training. We learnt so much about people who have Cancer as well as their families and what treatment there is, side effects and just what they go through. It really helped to understand but still I was longing to understand more. Not being able to eat as much as usual or get in the vitamins usually needed for my body to perform, has left me tired, unable to concentrate, unable to process things, feeling emotional & drained of energy as well as making it easier to forget things. These are often symptoms people with Cancer themselves experience when going through treatment, but obviously on a more intense level than I have experienced and many of you as well.
So, I can’t tell you that I heard God calling from the heavens because of my past 2 days but I can say, I’ve been able to taste a tiny sample of what people go through whom are extremely ill as well as those out on the street and it is something that really is tough and eye opening. Needless to say, I have a roof over my head and get to take a bath when I want and I have amazing friends and people living with me whom get to share this experience with me, so I’m not even alone fending for myself, so there really is nothing to complain about. People are going through so much worse, but again, we can choose to let our horrible or tough experiences be the great stories we tell and use to glorify God. We can use this awesome experience to add value to our lives and those we come into contact with or we can choose not to. But I really think this is an incredible experience and opportunity and I’m looking forward to finding other treasures through this in the rest of the week of Dollar a Day.