Such a powerful short film about racism. Everyone needs to see it.

I hate racism so much. There are terrible people in this world, of all races, religions, and cultures, but, in all those same groups, are the most amazing humans you could ever encounter. Don’t pass up a chance to make a friend based on preconceived notions of someone’s race, religion, or culture. You never know the wonderful experience you may miss.

This is such a powerful short film concerning racism. Everyone needs to see it. We need more of this, and less hate in this world.

Share the hell out of this film. Share it far and wide. Share it until your fingers bleed. 🙂

We are all the same inside

We are all the same inside

The real weather report for those folks who live with daily pain. — And for those who live with those who live with daily pain :-)

Here is the real weather forecast.

It is incredibly wet, cold, and miserable!!!

55 degrees and extremely painful. Instead of pollen scales, we will be using pain scales today.

Pain levels are very high today. Depending on your particular condition, expect pain scales to be anywhere from a low 5 to as high as a 9. If you hit 10, please call your Dr, and make time for a trip to the ER. Pray to your God while there, because the weather outlook does not look any better, and pain levels don’t look so good either.

To anyone over 40, even without chronic medical conditions, do not expect pain levels lower than a 3 today. Those old joints, muscles, and that old football injury will be barking loud in this type of weather. You are going to regret those long runs when you were 15. The memory of running for miles on hard roads, with cheap tennis shoes, will be coming back in full force. Your knees will thank you in a very angry manner.

Expect to plan for extra time in the morning getting those joints moving, muscles warmed up, and putting your brain in gear. This weather is not for the weak spirited. This weather is for those who are willing to reach down and grab some intestinal fortitude…..and a heating blanket, heating pad, and some serious pain medications.

For the ladies, no makeup and a pony tail are perfectly acceptable fashion wear today. For the men, if you can pull it off, jeans, sweat pants, and a warm t-shirt is the uniform of the day. In fact, just take a sick day. You all deserve some warm cuddle time.

Come on all you old farts, let’s finish this day off strong. (BTW — I write this from my warm couch, in yoga pants, and wrapped in a blanket. 🙂 )

For your reading pleasure, here are the real pain scales chronically ill people should use.

In reporting suicides in TN Military services, TN General calls suicide acts “selfish”

It has taken me many weeks to respond to this letter the General posted for all of TN Army National Guard to read. This was his way to announce more deaths from military suicide and in my heart, I believe he is a good man, who went about this in a wrong way. I was so angry when I first read it, I could not respond without some very choice harsh words. I want to say, “selfish” is not the word I would use when describing suicides when reporting it from a leader’s point of view.

I can easily apply the words “selfish actions” when referring to the suicides of some service members, but, on many of those occasions the selfish term should not have been applied to the victim, but, to the leadership of the victim. I totally agree, we really need to help each other. That help does not have to start at the bottom, but, should, start at the top and the middle to set the example of true leadership, not, set an example of how to make a situation even worse. Some of the worst leadership examples have lead to attempted and completed suicides, yet, the victim is called selfish by the highest leader in the state? That is just a little sad.

Many people may think suicide is a very selfish act, and in some ways, it might be, but, to the person who commits suicide, many times they believe they are making the most courageous decision of their life. They are no longer going to feel pain, they are no longer going to suffer, and they are no longer going to be a burden for their families. In some cases, their death will provide insurance money to their families, so they feel they are choosing one last act as a man or woman, to stand up and be the provider they once were. They could see this as one last beneficial act for their families.

Yes, having someone to lean on, “can save a life.” It is sad more leaders do not take this message to heart, and stop acting so selfish.