Acronyms, abbreviations, and aphorisms.
These got me through life — in life and in high school, college, and graduate school.
Aphorisms and short quotes from many sources form a framework upon which I have built my life and live it out.
I read a lot — from many diverse genres and authors.
Aphorisms come from these persons and sources.
The books of Psalms and Proverbs, Shakespeare, O Henry, Mathma Ghandi, Martin Luther, Martin Luther King Jr., Lewis Carrol — are but a few.
In Alice in Wonderland the White Queen says to Alice “Jam yesterday, jam tomorrow, but no jam today.”
This statement could certainly apply to our world now.
We remember the joys of the past.
We look forward to the joys of the future.
As for now —no jam.
I have collected and revised an acronym for JAM.
JAM Joy among Much — see joy in little things today.
JAM Joy among Many — see joy in the smile of another person
JAM Jesus and Me — depending on your belief — feel the joy of Jesus who said and thus promised “I am with you!”
One of my quotes/an aphorism is “We are what we think.” Proverbs 23:7
We are what we think.
We are what we repeatedly say in our minds.
Hence, for me, the importance of sayings which direct and inspire.
I write notes to myself, place post-it notes around the house.
So, JAM today.
Look for joy today in people in your own house or neighborhood, nature in the rising sun, in your pets and their attachment to you — especially when the cat or dog wants to sit in you lap.
And, be that joy for someone else today.
“I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.”
You and I will be those “good things of the Lord” for others.
Also — I am starting a podcast — you can hear this and others (the podcast just stated yesterday — http://anchor.fm/phillip-kapela