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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Serenity Study

SERENITY - the state or quality of being serene, calm, or tranquil; composure, peacefulness, peace. [Serenity week begins here. Click for this week's Bliss Initiatives.]

I think WHIMSY week is still hanging on over here because I still wanted to do my flash inspiration searches, substituting SERENITY, but it really doesn't work very well. I did find a couple of interesting things I've decided to share here.

This photo is of Valic, who is relaxed if not serene. He is one of the residents of the Serenity Springs Wildlife Center outside of Colorado Springs in Calhan Colorado.  In addition to Valic they take care of more then 100 other big cats.


A little SERENITY clip complements of Seinfeld. Not quite the serenity I am seeking. LOL

Any study of SERENITY will lead one to the famous Serenity Prayer, most often attributed to he theologian Reinhold Niebuh.
God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.

Almost cliche' since we have all heard  it a million times, but if followed still can lead one toward more serenity.

I haven't been reading a book the past couple of weeks because the ones I've been interested in have not been available on my Kindle. The oh so convenient instant gratification feature of that device has ruined me for regular book buying... not entirely true, but when I want to read something, I certainly expect it to be available immediately! Anyway, I digress. I promised I would share my study book with you today and in addition to being immediately available "Understanding Serenity" by Jane Nelsen (also author of Positive Discipline, and has a very informative parenting site here) a review of this book contained this statement "Dr. Nelson's book focuses attention on the very basic concept that human beings think. And, it is one's thoughts that create one's reality." This is the entire premise of my experiment so I am expecting to find much synergy in the book. I'll update you later in the week.

Next Post: A little pause

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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