I love efficiency and finding ways to help me remember things better. That’s why I’m a huge fan of acronyms and mnemonic devices. An acronym is an abbreviation using the first letter of each word. For example, AIDS is an acronym for acquired immunity deficiency syndrome. A mnemonic device is a short phrase that you use to help remember something. So “Roy G. Biv” helps me to remember the colors of the rainbow – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet.
Some of the classic acronyms I have used since I was a kid (with explanations for non-native English speakers): XOXO (hugs and kisses), ASAP (as soon as possible), RSVP (french for please respond), JK (just kidding), FYI (for your information), TLC (tender loving care).
A few more recent ones that I’ve learned from the instant messaging, texting and Twitter worlds: LOL (laugh out loud), ROFL (rolling on floor laughing), TMI (too much information), BRB (be right back)
Some of the medical acronyms that are becoming more popular with the general public: UTI (urinary tract infection), BPH (benign prostatic hypertrophy), MI (myocardial infarction/”heart attack”), NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug), COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), DVT (deep vein thrombosis) GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease), OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), ADD/ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).
A couple of mnemonics I remember learning in medical school that I still use today: Treating a sprain – RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation); Treating diarrhea – BRAT diet (bananas, rice, apples, toast).
Finally, a few I have found helpful to remember in my journey toward heaven:
How should I pray? ACTS – Adoration (praise), Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication (requests, from “supply”)
LUCK – Living Under Christ’s Kingship – God is sovereign and in control of all things, I don’t have to rely on just plain old luck
GRACE – God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. There is absolutely nothing I can do to earn God’s acceptance or salvation – it is through faith, not of ourselves, but a gift of God, so no one can boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).
BUSY – Bent Under Satan’s Yoke. Jesus said “My yoke is easy and my burden is light”. When I am overwhelmed with feeling too busy, I need to re-evaluate what I am doing and choose only the best things out of the many good options I have of things to do.
Hope this SAS blog post has given you some helpful things to remember…have a great week! TTFN! (Ta Ta for now!)