Friday, June 29, 2012

Obamacare, Colorado fires, Florida flooding and a mall collapse -- TGIVF!


Thankful? Yep. I'm thankful for another Vinegar Friday. I'm thankful for another day.

Nationally, it's been a rough week. While some are celebrating the passing of Obamacare, others are saddened and frustrated by it. May I challenge you, that on whichever side of this issue you find yourself, that you will reach across the fence with kindness and grace toward those with opposing opinions. When did we become a society of people exhibiting such hatefulness toward each other? We don't all agree. Get over it. That is life, folks. And just because I may not agree with you, that doesn't mean I can't respect your opinion ... or that you can't respect mine. However will we start intelligent dialogues if we continue to attack and malign each other? Seriously.

Do you have a valid point to make? I can't make it out through all the bickering, but I'd like to hear it. I'd like to discuss our differing points of view. Maybe I'll learn something ... and maybe you will, too. Wouldn't that be nice?

The Supreme Court ruling isn't the only thing consuming the news right now. Record high temperatures across the country are descending upon us. But I'm pretty sure most of us can bear it. 

Then, there's Colorado. Dear Jesus ... there's Colorado. It was fire that launched me into widowhood in 1989. To me, fire is a frightening thing. Seeing the footage of the raging fires in Colorado is breathtaking ... in a bad kind of way. I am praying for the people, and animals, of Colorado.

On the flip side, let's talk rain. Lots of it. I am feeling the pain for those in Florida who are cleaning up from the terrible flooding there. 

And let's not forget the collapsing mall in Ontario. I saw the fiance of one of the victims sobbing on camera. My heart broke for him. 

Like I said, it's been a rough week. So, instead of focusing on vinegar today, I'd like you to focus on gratitude. Look around you and find something to be grateful for. It's there. And while you're concentrating on thankfulness, remember to pray for those who are suffering right now. There is always someone worse off than you.

Keeping it green with vinegar, and real with gratitude,

(and yes, I will be using vinegar today ... probably in a bunch of different ways)


  1. You hit the nail on the head. Gratitude. We are all so blessed with so much and need to be offering our prayers up for this country and all those who are suffering. All you listed there is why I dont' watch the news. I think I would be plummetted into despair if I kept up with all of this. Like reading the synopsis from you to get the basics. Great post!

  2. Thank you, Melanie. Embrace the goodness in your life and be safe.

  3. You're right - we definitely need to find ways to compromise in this country! If only we could get Congress to do the same!

    1. Maybe they can follow by example, instead of the other way around!

  4. So many need to hear this! Things are perfect, but hopefully we can come at the other side agreeing to disagree. Have a great weekend!


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