I want to share with you all a short story.  Trying to stay upbeat and positive – today was just not the day for me.  I was having a really stressful time at work.  I am currently learning a new desk and starting tomorrow, I will be on it by myself for the next few weeks.  By the middle of the day, I found myself extremely overwhelmed with the amount of work, the rate at which it was coming to me, and having to cram new information down last minute that I will need to know to do the job efficiently.  I complained to a couple of people, while another handful voiced a change in my demeanor.  With that, I quickly grabbed my purse and headed out the door, looking to clear my head completely during lunch.

During my break, I logged into Facebook.  The very first thing that I saw was a post from an old high-school classmate.  She spoke about how she was initially going to post a complaint, but instead would give God thanks.  What she shared immediately made me think of how I was feeling all that morning while on the clock, and what my mind should actually be focused on instead.  She said in part:

But when I got on here & turned on The News & seen the People of Texas that Spirit of Complaining left Me Immediately! I Wanna say this instead, “Give Thanks Inspite of!”, “Give Thanks in The Mist of!”, “Praise HIM in Advance!”, “Know that HE WILL Make a Way out of No Way!” & That Nothing is More Important than to WAKE UP WITH YOUR LIFE!!!!! Everything Else Can Be Recovered but Once a Life is Loss it Can NOT! Amen!

When I read that status, I couldn’t help to feel touched, and I’ll admit, even a bit emotional. View Post

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Gotta be honest, ya’ll.  I am currently 37 years old and I don’t drink alcohol.  I just never have.  I’ve never been into that type of thing. I’ve never liked the smell, or the idea of the taste.  Have you ever met those folks that know they don’t like something without even trying it first? That’s me… so yeah, I’ve never tried a real long island iced tea, any kind of cocktail, glass of red wine or even champagne, and I’ve never really wanted to no matter how pretty or bubbly that glass looked.  Eh.

Anytime I go out with friends, or with colleagues, or even family, I’m that girl who muffles to the bartender, “I’ll have a coke.”

It took my constant couponing to even try out this “mock-tail” of an alcoholic drink.  Earlier this year, Kroger had Ocean Spray’s Mock-tail for it’s free Friday download.  And it doesn’t matter what is for free on any given week, I get it all.  This would be no exception.

But would I like it?  The answer is surprisingly – yes! View Post

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Imagine waking up in the middle of the night from a deep sleep.  But instead of rolling over to get more comfortable, you cannot move at all.  You can’t open our eyes or even utter a word.  Your whole body is paralyzed in fear.  You can feel a presence with you.  Sometimes it just stands over you, or sits next to you in bed.  You can feel your bed sinking, or lifting up.  Your ankles are grabbed and your dragged further down to the foot of your bed, or your arms are pulled behind you.  Maybe you feel pressure on your chest, or scratches down your back.  It doesn’t end for what seems a lifetime.  But then suddenly, you’re able to move and jump out of bed.  You’re a sweaty mess… frightened, confused, and unsure if you should tell anyone about what’s going on because, lets face it, who’s gonna believe you???

This was my life for about a year as a 16 year old teenager.  This is my true story. View Post

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Photo Credit: The Daily Progress via AP

 

Recent terrorist attacks, like the one that happened this past Saturday, provoke the same emotions out of innocent strangers that are harbored within the people who act out on them—anger and fear. Since the last election, protests and various community demonstrations have increasingly had acts of terror,  civil disorder and racism, perhaps because the lack of compassion towards each other,  feelings of nonacceptance, and believing that racial equality is a threat is exactly what terrorists like this feed on, and it helps to expand their base.

I’m sure you probably have heard of the Charlotteville, Virginia “Unite the Right” Rally / Rally against confederate monuments being taken down that quickly went awry the afternoon of August 12, 2017 by now. Protesters from all around the country drove in the state bringing their weapons and their tiki torches, and with the thick mix of hate speech, hostility soon got out of hand. Two police officers died after a crash while surveying the demonstrations by helicopter, and a man plowed his Dodge Challenger into into counter-protesters, killing one woman named Heather Hayer, and injuring over a dozen more.  Officials have since identified the suspect as James Alex Fields Jr, a 20 year old guy from Maumee, Ohio who tried to flee afterward but was quickly caught by police. Like so many other protests before this one, it culminated in senseless death and violence, leaving 19 injured in the car incident alone. The victims were of many different races, and backgrounds.

The president tweeted a few messages on Twitter, and also made a brief statement to press and the country following the attack, in which he did not at all call out by name the specific groups that were involved, stating in part:

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides.”

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