So the realization of my selfishness, my addiction to stuff, my (gulp) love for stuff has been hard. But the freedom in realizing that it doesn't have to be that way and the shift to, "do I really need that or can I put my money somewhere else?" has been FREEING and life-giving and SOOOOO worth it. So this month out of our "not buying savings" we are donating to Partners in Health, I would describe them as a radical non-profit organization with an attitude - they believe health care is a human right!- (WHAT? - right?!) so they provide healthcare to the world's poor. Here is their mission, it rocks:
At its root, our mission is both medical and moral. It is based on solidarity, rather than charity alone. When a person in Peru, or Siberia, or rural Haiti falls ill, PIH uses all of the means at our disposal to make them well—from pressuring drug manufacturers, to lobbying policy makers, to providing medical care and social services.Whatever it takes. Just as we would do if a member of our own family—or we ourselves—were ill.
If you haven't read Mountains Beyond Mountains you should. It is a great book about Paul Farmer, one of the founders of PIH and his life. Is is so convicting, it might take you 4 years to starting taking action on your convictions, like it has for me. I promise that after reading you will be convinced that you can do more.
Here is a little sweetness to end on:
Who needs chocolate when you can have caramelized pears?
These are seriously so delicious (they taste way better than they look). The first day we ate them on pancakes, and now Hudson and I have been eating them with a little bit of greek yogurt, he likes it as much as he likes ice cream. Which makes me think how good they would be on ice cream.
Make these. Now. Make a lot of them and eat them all week.
3 Tbls. sugar in the raw
1. Cut pears lengthwise; remove cores. Place sugar on a plate, press the cut side of each pear and one side of bananas in sugar.2. Heat a large pan over medium heat. Place pears and banana sugar side down in pan Cook until beginning to brown, 7 to 8 minutes.3. Add about 2 tbls of water. Cover; simmer until pears are tender, 5 - 10 minutes (depending on ripeness), add more water if you need. Once pears are soft remove lid and cook until you have the desired texture of fruit and amount of liquid.
Can't waste a bite.
So good you will want to sing about it.