For years, I have not had Ramen in my home (yes, I get that this is not my home any longer but hang in there with me). I ate it while I served in the US Navy and vowed to never eat it again. I don't even think that it can actually be considered food. Even during my go at Single Mama 1.0, I hadn't resorted to such things. Just thinking about it makes my hands swell and my stomach knot up. So you can only imagine my surprise as I have already reached for it...and was in the process making it!
The past couple of weeks have been busy for me (read insane). I have not been eating well and as a result, I have not had the energy that I typically do, my hands have been hurting as they are inflamed, and I have just been in a general funk. And it has taken me going to the point of eating Ramen to see just where I am right now. THANK GOD that I am ordering more Super Natural Energy Balls next week and going back Raw. I am already looking forward to the detox of the crap that I have been eating.
I have not gained any weight in this though. Although I have been eating dirty, I have been taking vitamins, drinking plenty of water, and watching the overall calorie intake. I am choosing not to beat myself up over this episode and reminding myself that I need to love myself...all of me...even when I eat such things! Then, because of that love, take better care of myself and choose foods more appropriately aligned with what I am up to in the world. Ah the wonder of forgiving yourself!
Then I get present to just how damn fortunate that I am that I have that choice of foods. I had seen a startling imagine awhile back about the people of Haiti resorting to eating mud cookies that were baked in the sun in order to stave off hunger. MUD COOKIES. Men, women, the elderly, children who need the nutrition for brain development- all were eating mud cookies. My problems are not so big now.
Recently, Haiti had an election and a former pop-star was elected. Side note-I am not going to go into anything about the politics involved, well, because frankly, I don't give a shit about government much anymore. I am more interested in how we as people govern ourselves. After all, we have shown that we can overthrow governments. The Haitian people were so fed up with the previous traditional government that they elected the unknown. They get that to have something different, you have to do things differently. There have been millions of dollars in aid sent to Haiti and yet still little has been done. Tens of thousands are still living in tent cities and rubble is still to be cleared. There is no doubt that there is still much work to be done there.
So what. There is always something going on somewhere, right? Haiti, Egypt, Libya, Somalia, Japan. Yes there is always something going on. There are always opportunities for YOU to be a part of a solution somewhere. And here is how you can make a difference in Haiti...right now...without worry of your donation getting tied up in any red tape.
One Hundred for Haiti is a grass roots campaign to gather donors at all levels of giving to support direct action humanitarian aid for the people of Haiti. They have a direct contact with a physician there that administers the much needed medical treatments on a volunteer basis. As their website states, they are "a conduit for funds and are absolutely willing to connect donors directly to people in Haiti who need support. We can give you contact information for people in Haiti, and you can send them money directly: we recognize that in the aftermath of the quake, that donors are sometimes skeptical of relief organizations and their overhead costs that absorb donated funds." In addition to the medical needs, they are involved with making sure that clean water gets to villages so that the women do not need to walk for miles each way. With a water supply, they can grow whole, nutritious foods.
Now, going from my Ramen relapse, still loving myself despite it, getting present to just what I am committed to for myself, counting my many blessings that I have CHOICE, to getting the world of those who do not, and providing you with a way to get involved and make a potentially life saving difference for another human being, I am so incredibly happy that I ate that damn Ramen!
*still husband: separated, on friendly terms, not divorced; therefore not an ex-husband/was-band and not husband.