Juxtaposition of J’s

seems to be an important letter in my life. It stands for so many things that have made me who I am today. Because of this juxtaposition of J’s, I am listing some of the important ones here, along with links to some older posts that help explain the significance. I don’t ask that you read all of them, but if you are interested in something specific please visit these posts.

Japan: The country that changed my world by making it a little wider. In that land I learned to love. I learned to live. I embraced challenges. I survived difference. I learned a language. I learned darkness. I learned flexibility. I learned about my own prejudices. And I truly lived.

Judaism: the religion I was raised in, the culture I claim, and the traditions I follow (usually). I am no longer a religious Jew. I’m not sure what I believe. But Judaism still plays a role in my belief system–in the idea that we should do good in this life simply because it is the right thing to do. Also, as a Jew, I learned about prejudice and hate and the craziness of disliking someone for being different.


Journeys: My life has been an interesting journey and I still have a road to travel.

Photo by Steve Kramer

Jesus: Wait, you are thinking, how could Jesus play a role in my life when I am a Jew? Because much of the world is guided by Jesus. I am sure that, whether or not he was the son of God, he would be crying real tears at what has been done in his name. I have been told I will go to hell for not believing in him, but I wonder what he would really say to that.


Justice: Every day I see the injustice of this world, and I try to change that even in a small way.


 

Jealousy: One of my biggest flaws, and the one I struggle with on a regular basis, is feeling jealous of others. I often envy the success of people I know, because I struggle to see the success of my own life. I am working hard to overcome jealousy and to find joy in the happiness and success of others at all times.


 

Joy: I may not always see it, but I relish the moments, the people, and the experiences that bring joy into this world.


Jasper: My dog. He has cost us a lot of money. He escapes whenever he can. He steals toys and makes messes. And yet, he looks at me with loving eyes and tries to give me hugs, all with the true Joy a dog can bring. How can I not love him.

He's not smart, but he sure is cute.

As I was looking for a picture of Jasper I found a picture of my other dog, Lizzy, who was my first baby. I include it here (despite her name beginning with L) because I believe it will bring you some JOY.

"Look, I'm sitting pretty. Now you have to give me a treat."

There you have it folks! A true juxtaposition of J’s.

20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. vixter2010
    Apr 12, 2011 @ 07:23:58

    Wow that’s a lot of J’s, love it. I didn’t realise you were Jewish (duh me) – my Dad was so I’ve been to a far few functions myself. I also struggle with religion so I feel your indecision with beliefs too.

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  2. Heather Henry
    Apr 12, 2011 @ 07:39:06

    What a fabulous post this is. I love it! Those are some really great J’s. I was struggling with what to do with the letter J. I think you figured it out! 🙂 I love the pictures too! Your dogs are very joyful, I can see why you love them. Have a jolly day!!

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  3. Aligaeta
    Apr 12, 2011 @ 07:48:33

    Very cute. And I thought J would be a difficult letter.

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    • Lisa
      Apr 12, 2011 @ 08:34:00

      It was difficult. That’s why I resorted to links to old posts. The good thing about that is that it forces me to edit posts (how many typos can one person have). I also discovered the JOY seems to appear a lot in these posts. Interesting.

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  4. Tori Nelson
    Apr 12, 2011 @ 09:18:50

    Love your paragraph about Jesus. I think many of my Southern neighbors could stand to learn a thing or two from that!

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  5. CMSmith
    Apr 12, 2011 @ 10:04:26

    I love your new header! Is it finished now?

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  6. Taochild
    Apr 12, 2011 @ 10:29:20

    Funny, those are most of the J’s I was toying with! Couldn’t really decide which one to go with so ended up with something completely different. Go figure! Good way to do it!!

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  7. lifeintheboomerlane
    Apr 12, 2011 @ 17:08:19

    I love J’s: Judaism, in which I was raised but now don’t follow. Joshua, my oldest child, who I raised but didn’t follow (to Seattle. I just visit him there). And journeys both inside and out, which I wasn’t raised on but which I have chosen to follow as an adult.

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  8. athursdayschild has a long way to go and much to be thankful for.
    Apr 12, 2011 @ 18:51:23

    Great list of “J’s.” You’ve had quite the life journey already at such a young age. I’ve commented to my husband that he should maybe convert to the Jewish faith to cover the little bald spot. What Jesus would say….I think he would just smile and laugh. That refers both to the going to hell part and becoming Jewish to cover a bald spot.

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    • Lisa
      Apr 12, 2011 @ 19:49:32

      LOL, I think you are probably right about Jesus’ response. I also think that is an excellent reason to convert, as long as he has a big enough yarmulke. 😉

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  9. nrhatch
    Apr 12, 2011 @ 19:46:16

    Good list. Enjoyed several of your older posts. Thanks for the links.

    As far as jealousy goes, I stopped being jealous and envious of others by asking myself one question:

    Would I trade my life for theirs?

    Would I relinquish everything in my life (my sense of humor, my creativity, my hopes, my dreams, my BFF, my family, my friends) and step into their shoes?

    The answer was always NO. 😀

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    • Lisa
      Apr 12, 2011 @ 19:51:05

      Thanks. I’ll check out the links you have sent when my brain is a little more focused. You are so right, the answer is most often NO. 😀

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  10. Jeffrey Beesler
    Apr 12, 2011 @ 20:57:00

    J is a really great letter. I’ve been fond of it for my whole life. That’s because it’s the first letter of a great candy: Jelly Bellies!

    Pleasure to meet you via the A-Z Challenge!

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