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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Some miscelaneous grateful musings...

GRATITUDE - warmly or deeply appreciative of kindness or benefits received; very thankful.[Gratitude Week Starts here. Click for this week's Bliss Initiatives]

It's a sign of mediocrity when you demonstrate gratitude with moderation.
Roberto Benigni 

Hello all, going a little light on the blogging to spend time with family and friends. As Jessie says, "It not puper (computer) day it Thanksgiving Day!" Or at least Thanksgiving weekend! I hope my post finds you well and enjoying some of your own family and friend time.

Rob, Jessie and I have been enjoying some extended time together for which I am very grateful. Rob has been working some very long hours so it has been a treat to hang around for extended snuggles in the morning and leisurely afternoons doing things around the new house. Yep, it is the simple things that prove the most rewarding.

I have had mixed results with my pledge to use "Thank You"s as a cue for being grateful. Amazingly we say it a lot around here. So much in fact that it becomes really easy for it to lose meaning. When Jessie says it, "Thank you Mommy, you taking good care of me." it is easier for me to interrupt my usual flow an actually take a second to be grateful. Somehow, however when Rob says it, "Thank you Sweetie." I haven't paused as much... Today I'm going to work on that!

Meanwhile, here are a few Gratitude tidbits I found interesting that may inspire.

49 Gratitude Quotes and a Poem Of Thankfulness
Living Gratitude Blog
Create a Gratitude Journal 

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
Next Post: Grateful Endings 

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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