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Malnourishment

Joan Winifred

Greetings:) Beautiful-Breathing-Fellow-Fragile-Life inhabiting this Beautiful Planet Earth (that man cruel seems bent on ruining)… Thanks for reading this post and for visiting this website. (Hoping You find something useful here aka Helpful for You!:))

[BTW preface: this is NOT a religious site. This is sorta an attempt by a learner to learn/grow.  And also share stuff/readings/research/observations/evidence aka “things I’ve learned” that has helped me on my particular “spiritual” journey through this “temporary” life. i am already almost 48 years in and who knows how much time any of us have to learn/grow further. Each day is a gift for which i am truly THANKFUL!

“Happy are those conscious of their spiritual need.”  Read at your own risk.

IDK, may be?  on some (small i hope) level all this writing is a selfish attempt to stay happy. Or, at the very least, cope better and not bitter…with the trials/tribulations/ups/downs of life as a woman, mother of 4, wife, friend, fragile-life, etc., etc. whatever other label/role/circumstance/category/context this life, etc. gives me. Every day i am “trying” to be less selfish/self-centered/self-prioritized aka less concerned about my own comfort, my own preferences on this compassion journey. Writing, more or less, keeps my sanity…(i think;) Anyway, having a creative outlet for my spirituality helps me and indirectly or directly hoping it helps whoever (whenever) stops by this site. Mostly I like to share to show I care. (I am not outlining the/my many heartfelt reasons for writing.) Just Wishing You Peace and Spiritual Prosperity! And a close relationship with the True God of Compassion.]

Hunger is an issue that touches my heart. (Which may seem pretty ironic: as a well-fed-yet-skinny girl (and to some, a border-line skeletal/skeleton) who doesn’t live to eat, but who rather eats to live kind-of-person. (Actually, I live to eat spiritual mind food!) And no, for the record, I do not have any eating disorder! Just an observation: I think when you inherit a slim build, and you live (by choice) a life-style of moderation and high-activity/exercise…in my experience, you can be overly-scrutinized about this build and some feel the need to feed or force feed me or interrogate me over a possible eating issue and gaining weight. (I can laugh at this now.) It does/has gotten tiring, at times, the comments and inquiries (through the years) from youth onward. So, I feel empathy toward any who may be on the opposite side of the weight spectrum. Perhaps, feeling harassed relentlessly about eating, calories, diet and losing weight, etc. You know the… what’s wrong with you for being so…mentality. It seems extremes attract attention… albeit unwanted; This kind of stuff can make anyone self-conscious and uncomfortable.)

{May be this is (1 reason) why I enjoy writing; perhaps people get a chance to know the inner me and they could careless about the outer me (frame/face).  Partial lyrics from a fav song: “it’s the person not the place; it’s the heart and not the face.”}

Eating and proper nourishment is just a basic human right/requirement… it is beyond words SAD (to me) how some are starving and/or undernourished or malnourished and suffering horribly from a lack of basics/food or a lack of healthy/quality food and clean water!!:(

I am grateful to have enough (healthy) food and enough to feed my kids!! (Hubby works very hard to provide and cook yummy meals for us everyday!!)

I was reading a VERY disturbing article in NPR… (the inspiration of this post) about famine and malnourishment:

This week United Nations officials declared that a famine in South Sudan is growing — fueled by a deadly combination of drought and conflict. They estimate that nearly 4 million people are already struggling to get enough food. And officials expect the famine will spread to more areas in the coming months affecting an additional 1 million people.

Meanwhile the threat of famine is looming over three other countries: Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, putting a total of 1.4 million children at risk of death this year.

(…)it’s not just the frequency of the meals people are getting but the content of what they’re eating. “In South Sudan, I’ve seen cases where women are boiling the bark and leaves of trees just to have something to feed their kids.” (Yasmin Haque, UNICEF’s deputy director of emergency operations.)

Haque says the numbers of children suffering from the most severe form of acute malnutrition is particularly tragic. As of January UNICEF had treated 12,000 of them. And going forward officials there expect they’ll be seeing as many as 25,000 additional cases each month. While treatment can keep a child from dying, Haque notes, it cannot undo the lasting damage from severe acute malnutrition. “It affects the growth of their intellect,” she says. “The children are damaged for life. And the whole country is robbed of its potential.” (my highlights excerpted NPR article: Who Declares A Famine? And What Does That Actually Mean?)

As a regular eater, in particular, a person who HIGHLY values my spiritual food that keeps me happy/well-nourished [“Happy of those conscious of their spiritual need” Matthew 5:3]…after reading (the above-highlighted point about children being damaged for life from severe acute malnutrition), couldn’t help but meditate about the damage done to kids/adults suffering from severe acute spiritual malnutrition/spiritual famine.
What do you think the damage would be?
a lack of empathy?
a lack of compassion? (poor non-compassionate choices?)
no forgiveness?
no natural affection?
limited expressions of love?
no hope?
excessive selfishness?
increased violence?
terrorism?
no or limited ethical value system?
a broken compass/conscience?
no belief in God or Higher Power?
no respect for authority?
no respect for life?
no respect for the planet?
no respect for fellow-fragile-life?
a lack of loyalty or no loyalties?
What do you think?! Is healthy spiritual nourishment/food vital to a happy/well life?
Interesting how the Bible long foretold current conditions including famine and negative traits among some…

Are we living in “the last days”?

What would you say?

  • Yes

  • No

  • Maybe

What the Bible says

“In the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here.” (2 Timothy 3:1) Bible prophecy, combined with current events, identifies our time as “the last days.”

What else can we learn from the Bible?

  • The last days would be marked by wars, famines, earthquakes, and epidemics of deadly disease.—Matthew 24:3, 7; Luke 21:11:

 “While he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples approached him privately, saying: “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your presence and of the conclusion of the system of things?”

“For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be food shortages and earthquakes in one place after another.”

During the last days, human society would suffer a serious moral and spiritual breakdown.—2 Timothy 3:2-5: “ For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal,  having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God,  having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away. (excerpted article What Does The Bible Say: Are These The Last Days? W No 2 2017)

related context, please check out If You:) so choose:

Hungry Anyone hungry-anyone ?

Feed Me More feed-me-more

4 Galloping Horses Part 2 4-galloping-horses-part-2

 

2/25/17 @ 2:25 p.m. 

updated & edited 2/25/17 @ 7:02 p.m.

Hope You Reader:) are well-fed and well-nourished…physically/spiritually & Happy!:)

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