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Monday, December 21, 2009

Final Surprises... The first thirteen weeks of my Everyday Bliss experiment!

SURPRISE - A sudden feeling of wonder or astonishment; to come upon or discover suddenly and unexpectedly. [Surprise week starts here.  Click here for Bliss Initatives.]

Surprise! I'm breaking my self imposed rule to start blogging about the new topic on Monday. Actually I'm going to blog about all of the topics! Yesterday marked the end of my 13 week cycle covering each of my Bliss Virtues. I thought it would be interesting to create a "Bliss Composite" to review my success thus far. As you know I have created a very subjective Ten point scale and at the end of each week I assign a score. I put the following graph together to represent this:

It is fun looking at it this way. I figure that the graph as a whole represents an increase of Bliss overall, although I didn't actually graph my subjective view of Bliss as a whole. Concentrating on Bliss has definitely increased my experience of it but it has been mitigated somewhat with the pressure I've added to my life to keep the blog going and my wish to give each bliss virtue its "proper consideration" each week.

As I look at the weaker virtues in my pie chart, I am clear that proper consideration was a factor in most of them. The only exception I will cite is Serenity. I feel I was giving Serenity Week a lot of consideration but I just didn't get in the swing of it. A factor of Bliss for certain but certainly a bit more allusive for me.

I love that Whimsy and Romance scored so high, but frankly I find those aspects easy. They are very ACTIVE and even if I'm not feeling like it, as was the case initially with Romance, just getting into action kick starts things for me. Perhaps the key is to find the "Kick Start" for the virtues. I will look at that during the next cycle!

As I look at starting the cycle again, I am glad that I am covering familiar territory with JOY. I will not be able to blog (without severely disrupting the Christmas trip at my mom's house) but I will be able to practice JOY! Once again my virtues are landing on picture perfect weeks as if I designed it! Fabulous! I have decided to reuse some of my old material to help inspire you in my absence. I will compensate by adding an additional week of Joy to my game at the end of the year, if I think it is needed for that proper consideration I am seeking!

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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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