This is a sister post to yesterday’s. It is for the people who view my daily post from the WordPress Reader, or those who have never looked at my About pages, to get a fuller understanding of where I am coming from.
RJsCorner has two fundamental cornerstones
It is also about the lessons that I have learned throughout my life that I might humbly pass on to you.
One of these cornerstones is my hero, my virtual mentor, my friend. His name was Will Rogers. He died almost 15 years before I was born so I really only know him by his words and stories via his books and his daily and weekly newspaper columns and radio broadcasts from 1926 to 1935. I have accumulated quite a library of his words. One of the things I try to emulate about him was his unique wit and wisdom. Another is how he told his stories.
If you browse the many past posts here you will find that most of them center around a quote or two that I have found in my daily reads. That is very similar to what Will did in his day. His famous quote “All I know is what I read in the newspaper” is how I approach blogging. Of course, my daily reads cover an infinitely wider range than Will ever had so that gives me lots to blog about. As Will did, I try but sometimes not successfully to give a tongue-in-cheek approach to most what I write.
My 10 Pillars
Whether you personally recognize it or not, everyone needs a moral foundation. Something that is a compass in our lives that tells us how to live and act in this world. Something that forms the essence of who you are as a person. For me, it is my 10 pillars.
They keep me grounded in my writing and particularly how I try to see the world around me. My 10 pillars are who I am, or at least who I try to be.
A Primary Inspiration
Maybe not a cornerstone but an inspiration for RJsCorner comes from the book “Having Our Say” by the Delaney Sisters. It is in my top ten books because of its authenticity, humor, and frankness. Bessy and Sadie Delaney were both over 100 years old when it was written. They had a lot to say about their times during the Jim Crow era in North Carolina and Harlem NY. I find myself re-reading the book on an annual basis to keep me grounded.
In fact, the book kinda inspired me to start RJsCorner over 12 years ago so that I could “Have My Say”
Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from the book written in 1993:
“When people ask me how we’ve lived past one hundred, I say, ‘Honey, we never married. We never had husbands to worry us to death! – Bessie
“All I ever wanted in my life was to be treated as an individual. I have succeeded, to some extent. At least I’m sure that in the Lord’s eyes, I am an individual. I am not a “colored” person, or a “Negro” person, in God’s eyes. I am just me! The Lord won’t hold it against me that I’m colored because He made me that way! He thinks I am beautiful! And so do I, even with all my wrinkles! I am beautiful! -Bessie”
“Life is short, and it’s up to you to make it sweet. – Sadie