November 11, 2011

The Morning After The Night Before (November 11, 2011)

I awaken this morning with a heavy heart.  There are a number of reasons for this . . .

#1 Remembrance Day - Both Mrs. Poverty Guy and I have grandfathers who were in the military at the time of WWII.  Unfortunately, these "great wars" were not to end all wars . . . and men and women today continue to lay down their lives for their countries and freedom.  While one can argue the necessity of these wars or whether there were other alternatives, one can never doubt the bravery and selflessness of those in the military who risk their lives for the good of others.  It is that same selflessness that can end poverty . . . but the fact we have people dying in war and in poverty can weigh heavy, especially on days like today.

#2 Farewell to Bob - A friend with whom my family has shared various feasts (Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving) and who we have held near and dear to our hearts for a number of years is moving across the country to be close to his family.  He will be missed, but our loss is their gain.  Bob has such a huge heart for others that people in his new community will be blessed immensely by him.  In fact, Mrs. Poverty Guy asked me to give two hugs to Bob for her when I saw him last night at his farewell dinner.  "Why two?" I asked.  "Because one hug is never enough for Bob," she responded.  She's right.

#3 Financial Hangover - While I did enjoy a lovely pint last night, it wasn't an alcoholic hangover I was suffering from this morning.  More of an financial one.  While it was a no-brainer to attend the farewell dinner for our friend, Bob, last night; things like that are really tough on the wallet when one has limited means.  I had a delightful Cajun chicken burger and fries along with my beer, and an absolutely superb time.  However, waking up to $21.27 debt this morning was sobering indeed ( . . . that's about 10% of my available funds this month!).   But, as mentioned, I would do it again in a heartbeat . . . albeit from a heavy heart.

Not to worry though, I'm not going to become some glum chum.  (. . . see what I did there?)  Even in times of having a heavy heart, we are able to be grateful for what we have.  I'm grateful for my family and having friends.  I'm grateful for those who give of themselves for the welfare of others.  I'm grateful for a good time last night and the opportunity to do a lot of walking in the days to come.

For what are you grateful?

Please note . . . I will be leaving tonight to help lead a youth retreat as part of my work and returning Sunday.  For that reason, the report below covers yesterday through tomorrow (inclusive).  You will note that there is no income for tomorrow since I am away and all of my needs will be provided for.  My next blog will be on Monday November 14th.
Phase II - Struggles of the Working Poor Daily Report
Day 10 - 12 (November 10th - 12th)

Weight at Beginning of Project:  233 lbs
Weight at End of Phase One:  216 lbs
Weight at Start of Phase Two: 221 lbs
Weight at Start of Today:  216 lbs
Available Funds:   $0.00 (leftover) + $9.00 (Nov 10) + $7.00 (Nov 11) + $0.00 (Nov 12) = $16.00
Funds Spent Today:  $37.27 ($7.77 loan repayment + $22.50 evening out + $7.00 Grocery)
Remaining Funds:   $0.00 (see New Loan)

New Loan:  $21.27 (Nov 10)
Previous Loan Due Today (Nov 10): $7.77 (original loan amount - $13.95)
Loan Payment:   $7.77
Outstanding Loan: $21.27 @ 1.5% per day . . .  $22.24 due on Day 13

Items Purchased:   2 Apples, 1 Loaf Bread, ½ Dozen Eggs, Ripple Chips (for football game), 2 Noodle Soups
Free Stuff:  Nil

Gas Purchased* & Remaining:  $0.00 (i.e. 0.00 litres @ $1.129 per litre . . . 0.0 km @ 10 km/litre) + 0.49 litres (gas remaining) = 0.49 litres (4.9 km)
Driving Today:  0 km (i.e. 0.0 litres)
Gas Remaining:  0.49 litres (i.e. 4.9 km)

*Will not include any fuel or driving related to work that is paid for by work.

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  1. Im grateful for those we honour today, whether I agree with every cause they fought for or not (some I definetly do) because they still gave their lives....some culminating with the finality of their life here on earth in battle..and some who come home...and only God knows the magnitude of their sorrow battling memories of horror most of us will never know or the indifference of a society whose Self-gratification blinds to needs and sacrifice of others...whether veterans or the poverty that surrounds us..and not just in material and basic necessities. North America, with all it's liberties and affluence has a poverty of the soul that is reflected all around the constant drive to fill the void by more and more stuff, the love of money (greed) that continues to be the root of all evil-maybe more so now than ever in history, and the ever painful collapse of families and individuals...who battle torments and darkness often fueled by the very self-serving society that we say is "free and flourishing".

  2. Sean D. Krausert, EditorNovember 11, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Well said! Thanks very much for your comments. May they, and similar sentiments by others around the world, be a wake up call for our society.