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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Living with Moxie

MOXIE - The ability to face difficulty with spirit and courage; vigor; verve; pep. [Moxie week starts here. Click for this week's Bliss Initiatives.]


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Now that cat has Moxie!! 


Everyday courage has few witnesses. But yours is no less noble because no drum beats for you and no crowds shout your name.
--Robert Louis Stevenson

This will be my last "live, as it happens" post for Moxie. We are getting on our plane tomorrow and I will be out of the cyber-loop until sometime next week. Rob is attending a conference so we will be having a little work time during this trip and I will be back "live" for some of Humility week.  Pretty great to have Hawaii as my backdrop for the next couple of weeks huh?!!  I certainly feel fortunate.

Still no trailer courage.  The trailer is still there.

I have been in touch with several folks who I am hopeful will be guest bloggers but I haven't heard back from everyone. I had my initial spike of adrenalin when I decided to reach out and Moxie was definitely present as I asked for what I wanted. Now that my notes are done, and I am in a waiting game of sorts it is time to turn to other acts of courage.

When I once again think back to my Moxie filled youth (laughing.. that sure makes me sound old!) I realize that it was more about a full time attitude and not just individual acts of boldness. I had a Moxie swagger. A moxie swagger gave me courage in uncomfortable social situations, allowed me ease at making sales cold calls and had me generally up for adventure at every turn.  My friend Jaye commented that my new "safe mode" is likely attributable to my role as Jessie's protector and I think that may be right. I believe what I may be looking for is a new type of Moxie swagger. One that will have me create fun adventures for Jessie and also keep me interested while keeping her safe. 

Jessie, Rob and I will have five and a half hours on a plane, plus some airport time together to help figure it out. If moxie can help make this much travel with a two and a half year old work well I might have to figure out a way to package it for all parents!

Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you are scared to death.

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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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