“Words are the most powerful thing in the universe…words are containers.
They contain faith or fear, and produce after their kind.”
Charles Capp, author
Have you ever noticed that Alphabet Soup is the only meal you can enjoy while you eat your own words?
Come inside and let’s have a bowl.
No one is certain who came up with the idea of alphabet soup. The best guess seems to be Paris around 1877. Grocery stores there sold small bits of macaroni to put in your soup. And the letters of the alphabet were stamped on the macaroni. Somehow with the help of The Campbell Soup Company and a few other folks along the way alphabet soup made its way to our table.
Author Hubert Selby Jr. said, “There’s sorrow and pain in everyone’s life, but every now and then, there’s a ray of light that melts the loneliness in your heart and brings comfort like soup and a soft bed.”
Let’s see if our bowl of alphabet soup can help us find that ray of light Mr. Selby is talking about.
Well, what ya know. Here’s the letter A. It stands for Attitude. I’ve heard more than one successful person say, “Attitude is everything.” Yum for the letter A.
Now let’s have another spoonful.
Here we have the letter H. One of my favorite words starts with H, Humor. Mark Twain said, Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.”
Our next spoonful features the letter M. And that letter stands for Math. The most important math I’ve ever done or will do is counting my blessings.
Pretty good soup so far. What’s next?
It’s the letter B. And it stands for Believe. My birthday is October 11th and among others I share it with famous first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. She said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” I agree with her. But first you have to know what your dream is. The poet Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe said, “What ever you can do or dream you can, begin it; boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”
We only have time for a few more spoonfuls, let’s see what we come up with.
Here is the letter C for Courage. You can’t have too much of that.
Our next letter is E for Enthusiasm. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
How about the letter G? That stands for God. A long time ago someone gave me this advice, “Put God in the center and everything will come together.”
This has been fun. Thanks again and come back soon. I have to hurry off now to the grocery store.
They’re having a sale on soup and I don’t want to miss it.
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“Words are seeds that do more than blow around.
They land in our hearts and not the ground.
Be careful what you say.
You might have to eat what you planted one day.”
4 thoughts on “ALPHABET SOUP”
Thanks for this post. It’s inspiration is much needed today!
Thank you for your kind words. Have a great day. Jerry
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Great piece, Jerry. You are a positive-thinking person.
Thank you, Neil. I hope you’re out for a walk on this sunny day. All the best . Jerry
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