I tend to be a little cynical when there is a campaign with a public challenge. It's the brat in me…come on, we all have one. But this challenge really got my attention. For those who can't travel to the poorest areas of this world of ours, or for those who just want to see life a little differently, this could be for you. Last week the Live Below The Line campaign challenged anyone listening to try in some small way to relate to those who are living on $1.50 a day (or less) in the US and around the world. The challenge is to live on $1.50 a day for five days. The hope is for people to get a glimpse of the plight 1.4 billion people experience as a reality. And their reality is $1.50 for everything, but for this challenge asks that you spend $1.50 just for what you eat. Pretty sobering.
I like when something like this not only asks us to sacrifice some part of what we are currently doing, but also is something that can shift perspective. We still get to go home in our car, or take some form of public transportation. We still get to fall asleep in a decent place to live. Our sacrifice is small by comparison, but good in the sense that it will take some serious commitment to stay true to the idea.
So the question I'm asking you to consider is, Can you live below the line? Could you feed yourself for $1.50 a day for five days? I'll be honest—it sounds daunting to me, but I'm willing to try. Will you join me?