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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Passion Week comes to a close

PASSION - a fervent or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything; experience of strong love or sexual desire. [Click here for this week's Bliss Initiatives]

Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, 
say what you've got to say, and say it hot. 
D. H. Lawrence (1885 - 1930)

This week started out a little slow for me. I was doing some of the Bliss Initiatives and I was thinking a lot about PASSION but I just wasn't getting the experience of pumping up the volume on the passion in my life. Usually just the act of writing my Bliss Initiatives gets me moving in the direction of my virtue, this just wasn't the case this week.

I never did read a passionate novel. I got recommendations from a couple of my better read friends but the books they offered were not available on my Kindle and a trip to the Library or Bookstore just wasn't in the cards this week. I actually don't see it happening this week so I may actually place an amazon order instead... there are a couple of things I need for the house too! (Ah multitasking! I am passionate about you!)

Writing my Kathy Sprinkle Story was a passionate and creative experience and I would recommend you write your story. It is very freeing. Somehow, now that I encapsulated my history in one short essay the rest of my life feels like a very open book. In writing my story I closed a chapter in my life and I am ready to write the next one. This week I also wrote about creating my Back Story and I feel I am in a really great place to create one. (From my week on ORDER) Karen Ehman, author of  "The Complete Guide to Getting and Staying Organized", writes that one should have a mission statement for their role in the family -- sounds like a back story! Once again synergy between the weeks abounds, and a compelling mission statement/back story is just what I am going to develop next. I'm not going to rush it, and plan to stay in the inquiry for a bit longer but as soon as it is ready I'll share it here.

Yesterday, when I finally dove into the "experience of strong love or sexual desire" part of my Passion definition, was the turning point in my passion experience. I enrolled Rob in the idea of the 30 second kiss and that one little action has reverberated passion throughout my psyche. I feel more passionate towards him, I feel more energy and excitement regarding my projects. Before adding the kiss, I would have rated myself a 3 or a 4 for this week on my arbitrary rating scale. After the kiss I think I can give myself a 6! Sure there is further to go but what a difference one little thing can make! If you haven't considered adding a passionate kiss to your daily ritual I highly recommend it and refer you to the eHow tutorial on How to Kiss Passionately. The HOT picture might just be enough to encourage you!

Next Post: Whimsy week begins

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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