Bread, did you say bread? There is nothing better to me than waking up to the smell of freshly baked bread!
Yes, I love bread so much that years ago one of my most expensive purchases for my kitchen was a bread maker. Of course I am fully aware of the amount of calories and carbohydrates are loaded in my well buttered chunk of delight. Who cares!
My love of bread started very early in my life. On my island home of Jamaica, the love of bread is so strong that we talk about it a lot and in various ways. Bread and butter usually go with main dishes in my childhood home but the duo is also significant of life on the island and even an Olympian adopted the team as her theme as she got ready for the run of her career years ago.
Tuesday’s Bread And Butter
It should be no surprise then that there is a Jamaican proverb about bread and butter. Every week, I share with you one such proverb that underscores the conversation of the month or week. Since the start of May, we have discusd the seven deadly sins and the counterpart virtues. Have you been following that series? Check out the articles on Greed and Wrath by Alexis Ali and browse through the archives for more. As well, check out last week’s vlog on Patience.
This week, one of the sins we are looking at is sloth, which according to Wikipedia, “is the most difficult sin to define, and to credit as sin, since it refers to a peculiar jumble of notions, dating from antiquity and including mental, spiritual, pathological, and physical states. One definition that may be given to sloth is habitual disinclination to exertion.” The proverb today related to sloth is:
Saltfish de pan counta a wait pan bread an butta
The simple and more contemporary way to understand sloth is “laziness.” Watch this video and I will explain today’s Jamaican proverb and how it applies to being a sloth. As well, do subscribe and join our community to continue the conversation with us on this topic and many others related to everyday living and practical spirituality. You will never be spammed and will receive a daily email update of our posts as well as Weekday Wisdom©, which is a motivational email sent Monday to Friday to members only.
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