March 06, 2009

Pointing the Finger of Blame Right now, the majority of Americans are worried. Will I still have a job next month? Will I be able to afford health care next year? How will I ever be able to send my kids to college? What chances do I have of ever retiring? Can I make my mortgage payment? These are the questions most of us are asking ourselves, when we're not busy pointing the finger of blame, that is. While it's fair to say that blaming won't fix anything, there is something about the ability to lay blame on someone, someone other than ourselves of course, that is comforting. Fingerpointing1 You will probably agree that our time would be better spent on more important things, like keeping our resume's up-to-date or cutting coupons. But if the compulsion to blame cannot be denied, we at least need to make sure we are pointing the finger in the correct direction. It's so easy to find fault. The Republicans blame the Democrats, the Democrats blame the Republicans, we all blame George W. Bush. CEO's blame government regulations, legislators blame greedy CEO's. Banks blame borrowers, the borrowers blame the lenders. When all else fails, we look to our neighbors and co-workers and we turn on each other. Our anger and our feelings of helplessness can lead us to assign blame pretty randomly when it comes right down to it. A recent example of this comes to mind. My husband works for a company that has been attempting to squeeze blood form a stone for years when it comes to their employees. Every year, there is more work, longer hours and
Giving the Gift of Cleanliness! There are so many things that can go wrong on any given day. Most are small things - getting caught in traffic, forgetting your anniversary, burning the toast. Annoying? Yes. Life-altering? Thankfully, no. But life-changing events do occur. Most of us, fortunately, will never have to experience the ravages of hurricanes, floods, tornadoes or other disasters, but for those of us who do, the aftermath can be quite traumatic. The many conveniences that we take for granted each and every day are suddenly gone. Physical destruction, power outages and a lack of water can make even the most routine tasks a challenge. Cooking a meal? Impossible. Heat or air-conditioning? Not until the power comes back on. A clean change of clothes at least? Well . . .thanks to Proctor and Gamble - YES! In an effort to help people who are struggling in the wake of a disaster, Proctor and Gamble is reaching out to help victims to regain some sense of normalcy and comfort by providing them with the possibility of clean, fresh clothing. Tide's Loads of Hope Trucks and Vans roll in and provide laundry services to families that have been devastated by natural disasters. There is no way to convey the comfort to be found in the most mundane details of everyday life. When disaster strikes, most of us feel shell-shocked. The problem is so huge that we often feel paralyzed and those of us watching from the sidelines wonder what, if anything, we can do. Well, Proctor and Gamble has an answer. By purchasing a "Tide's Loads of Hope" vintage-style tee shirt, you can help to support their laundry programs that give a simple gift to those who are in need. Next time a disaster hits, don't just sit there feeling useless. There is something that you can do. Purchase a tee shirt for yourself or a loved one and reach out to someone in need. It's a quick and easy way to do something good for yourself and the world. .

Lori Jewett

I'm an overly educated stay-at-home mom with two kids and the need for adult conversation.

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