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Saturday, September 19, 2009

A bit of whimsy...

Many of you who are following this blog have also been following my 2.5 year old daughter's Jessie's Show blog and/or have seen my Jessie-isms via facebook so you know that I have quite the little character on my hands. My sister in law,  Linda (check out her blog), was kind enough to share her thoughts about the Everyday Bliss project and came up with Jessie's take on the 13 Bliss Virtues and, with her permission,  I thought it would be fun to share:

I have indeed been following your "Everyday Bliss" project.... I agree--choosing virtues of your own was far better than using Ben's. It does make it more personal--and more timely. As I read your list I was mentally making one of my own...asking myself, "Would I include that....or something else?"

I can't help wondering, though, if "age" would determine the contents of a person's list. If not the list itself, the definition of some of the items. 

I suspect that all your readers will be mentally making his or her own list....and mentally following along with you. You've laid the groundwork well, and I'm looking forward to Monday.  

As I read your Blisslist, though, I couldn't help but associate it with Jessie. It's easy to see that you not only strive for these virtues for yourself, you set the example for Jessie too. 

JOY...I see an image of Jessie enjoying a "Cakefest in the Park." 
ORDER...Building "towders."  (Towders is how Jessie say's towers)
CREATIVITY...Jessie writing and/or drawing the gift cards for the birthday presents for her friends. 
PASSION...OK--she has a passion for cake. :) 
WHIMSY..."Naruto is coming to my with my toys....and then we're going to the grocery store." 
SERENITY..."I want to snuggle with you, Mommy." 
INQUIRY...."Buggy stuck!"  (A beetle clamped on her hand -- she was very brave and even came to the conclusion that "Buggy scared because Jessie is a giant.") 
COMMUNITY....Attending her friends' birthday parties. 
ROMANCE...."You ate all your broccoli. Good job, Mommy!" 
GRATITUDE..."Thank you for holding my hand my friend Lil-li-ya." 
MOXIE..."No, I want that money." 
HUMILITY..."Thank you, Jessie." "No problem, Daddy." 
SURPRISE... Take your pick on this one--because that child is an endless supply of surprises. :)

Thank you Linda! That was very fun!

The Everday Bliss Project begins on Monday!  I hope you join us!

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My 13 bliss virtues: joy, order, creativity, passion, whimsy, serenity, inquiry, community, romance, gratitude, moxie, humility, surprise
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Ben Franklin's 13 Virtues

  • 1. TEMPERANCE - Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
  • 2. SILENCE - Speak not what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
  • 3. ORDER - Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
  • 4. RESOLUTION - Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
  • 5. FRUGALITY - Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e. waste nothing.
  • 6. INDUSTRY - Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
  • 7. SINCERITY - Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and if you speak, speak accordingly.
  • 8. JUSTICE - Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  • 9. MODERATION - Avoid extreams; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  • 10. CLEANLINESS - Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths or habitation.
  • 11. TRANQUILITY - Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
  • 12. CHASTITY - Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or to the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.
  • 13. HUMILITY - Imitate Jesus and Socrates.


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