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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Order or disarray?

ORDER - Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time. [Order week begins here. Click for this week's Bliss Initiatives]

OK, so it looks like I need to give myself a 1 out of 10 for Order week. I can't believe it has come and gone so quickly! Just like the entire holiday season I might add! Whew what a whirlwind! Rob has taken Jessie to the park and I am typing this as I listen to some Christmas music. I love Christmas music and it is one of my traditions to listen to it as I pack up the festive trimmings which today includes taking a toothbrush to my distressed hammer top dining table... the table is pretty indestructable but those nifty crevices in the sturdy finish have harbored powder sugar since the cookie making party a few weeks ago. Yep, I did say "a few weeks ago" which is case in point for my order week not going so well.

We have been in our house for three months and all the room we were enjoying has quickly dissapeared. Pretty amazing how stuff can fill a space. One of our upcoming projects is to finish the garage and put in cabinets so my mantra has been "I'll find a place for it, when we get the cabinets" which has resulted in the garage becoming a dumping ground for every little thing I don't know where else to put. At this point, I'm not sure we'll have enough cabinets to house it all and my dreams of emptying my storage unit are dwindling. I really don't think of myself as having a lot of stuff and I don't go shopping all that often but never the less I have an awfully full garage.  And the piles that have formed can hardly be called orderly!

When I stop to consider "let each part of your business have its time" I can see my way to a score of a possible 2 or 3 because while I would have like to have been blogging and keeping focused on my little project this really wasn't the time for it! Rob has had a lot of time off and it has been great spending all the family time together. Last night we were particularly decadent and drank cocktails (pomegranate martini for me!) as Rob created an Emeril inspired dinner. Jessie even surprised us by going to bed early so Rob and I had a fun little date night together. Tomorrow Rob is back to work and Jessie and I are back to our park play date schedule so the time together has been a real treat.

Looking back at my last order week, which I scored a 4, I see I have taken no ground on the topic. Last time I summed it up this way:

As it turned out Ben Franklin's words were more apropos then I would have imagined.  But, on the whole, tho' I never arrived at the perfection I had been so ambitious of obtaining, but fell far short of it, yet I was, by the endeavour, a better and a happier man than I otherwise should have been if I had not attempted it..." So like Ben, I fell short of my objective but I am a better and happier person for attempting it!

This time I can't even say I attempted very much but I do suppose I am a happier person for considering it! The vision of order all around me is alluring and I do enjoy how I feel when I envisage it. I end the week hopeful that my perfect picture will at some point move me into action!

Next post: Creativity Week begins!

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


  1. The picture reminded me in a very tactile way - how my favorite thing as a kid was when I got a brand new 64 box of crayons w/ the sharpener in the back... and it still had the black crayon. I LOVED to color!

  2. The brand new box was my nemesis... all fresh and inviting yet some how requesting perfection from me!!


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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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