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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Serenity week comes to a close

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.]

Focusing on Serenity did bring me several serene moments. If I hadn't had serenity week I might have had those moments anyway but I likely would not have noticed them. As I foretold earlier in the week,  I did not accomplish what I set out to do this week. I need to give myself a 2 out of 10 for my score this week but I do not feel that is so terrible. Awareness is a first step and who knows with the first step taken I may rocket to a 6 or a 7 next time!

I finally started "Understanding Serenity" by Jane Nelsen (also author of Positive Discipline, and has a very informative parenting site here) and am about 25% done with it. I am a very quick reader and I am really enjoying it, so will likely finish it sometime tomorrow. It isn't telling me anything I didn't already believe about how thoughts become one's reality but I am expecting some great information about getting myself back on track when I negative emotions are trying to take over. I'll give you a more complete review sometime next week.

I'll end the week with a compelling photo.

Moonlight Serenity by David Lampkins Photography

"A photograph is usually looked at... seldom looked into." - Ansel Adams

Next Post: Inquiry week begins!

My 13 bliss virtues: joy, order, creativity, passion, whimsy, serenity, inquiry, community, romance, gratitude, moxie, humility, surprise


  1. I guess this is why it's nice to cycle through your habits over the course of a year - who knows what craziness a week may hold, or how receptive you'll be to a particular change of pace. This experiment is really interesting to watch from afar!

  2. Thank you Amy! You are on to exactly why I'm doing each virtue 4 times in a year! Thanks for watching!


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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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