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Monday, October 19, 2009

Wonderful Whimsy

WHIMSY - extravagant, fanciful, or excessively playful expression; an odd or fanciful notion.

Friedensreich Hundertwasser, the 30-day fax picture (1994)

I've been looking forward to this virtue of bliss. The expression of whimsy is quirky and fun and can be a part of almost anything else. When I think of the word I most often think of fancy flourishes on craft work or fancy gift packages and gifts for no reason. I think of my favorite Artist Hundertwasser's art work and wonderful architecture. I think of my Aunt Ann and her fondness for pop-up books, dragons, fairies and anything sparkly.  I think of the blog WhiMSy Love which I only recently found and enjoy regularly now. I think of my friend Katherine, her parenting style and delightful activities for kids.

Whimsy has the quality "I know when I see it" which defies standard means of study or even observation. It is so subjective that anything I find whimsical may be considered a completely different thing by you.

This week's  "Bliss Initiatives" are color coded in purple for quick identification. They are specific things that you too can try, if you want to play along with me.  However, because as Earl Nightingale says, "you become what you think about,"  even if you only follow along,  and never take on any of the bliss initiatives,  I expect some positive results. I will be exploring and encouraging WHIMSY this way:

  • Getting in the mood for Whimsy - Each day I will be doing a little "flash inspiration". I am going to type the word Whimsical  (fill in blank) into Google and see what shows up. I did it today with Whimsical Cakes, Whimsical Drinks, and Whimsical Tree Houses.  Try it and see what you find -- share it here in the comments for others to enjoy. Whimsy is definitely best when shared!

 Check out this beauty by Daniels Wood Land
  •  Field work - Based on your own "flash inspiration" for the day plan to execute something whimsical. Do something unexpected for your family,  friends.or co-workers. Tonight I've decided to see if I can find this bubble gum flavored vodka and make this drink for Rob and I tonight:

 The drink by the Intoxicologist is called Blowing Bubbles -- find the recipe and review for the vodka at the Intoxicologist website or become a fan on facebook and get quirky drink recipes every day!

  • Whimsy Craft - I'm going to do several whimsical crafts with Jessie this week. We had a blast making those purple fairy wands during Creativity Week and I'm ready to up our game a bit. I am not quite up to these fabulous Halloween Candy Balls Katherine is making but we'll do something fabulous I am sure! I'll take photos of the results here!

 I also fully expect a whole host of surprises as I explore this topic. The fun is just beginning...

Next Post: Whimsical surprises

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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