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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Final Thoughts on Inquiry Week

INQUIRY - a seeking or request for truth, information, or knowledge; study, scrutiny, exploration.  [Inquiry week begins here. Click for this week's Bliss Initiatives.]

Well, I'd have to give myself high marks for this week. For the first time I actually completed all of my initiatives... at least partially. So I guess this would be better said as I did not ignore any of the initiatives completely! I definitely didn't feel as inspired as I did during Whimsy Week  but I rekindled a love of inquiry that had been partially forgotten. I'll give myself a 6. I might go as high as 7 but I like to leave some room for improvement!

I have to admit I was hoping for more input when I asked for comments about the project so far.  So many of you have already told me you like the blog so I will take this silence as validation that my approach is fun for you too. Granted I am doing this mostly for my own amusement, but if at anytime you think something could be added or changed for your added enjoyment please do let me know. 

My friend Lisa is a consummate craig's lister (not a word yet but Lisa's skill demands a new word!) which is in itself an inquiry art. I've been impressed by her finds and have wanted to jump in. However, because Rob and I have been sharing a car I have shied away from even looking for things we may need even though it totally satisfies an environmentally friendly ethos I want to cultivate. This is no longer the case. We have purchased a second hand truck (environmentally better then new although some of the gas economies are still not the friendliest!) so I now have the means to collect some inquiry finds. Up for the hunt this week will be a coffee table, extra car seat and possibly a rug and depending on what is out there some lawn furniture and even a dresser for Jessie's room. Ahhh the freedom to really search! This is just what this week was about!

Next Post: Community 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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