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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Passionate Whimsy

WHIMSY - extravagant, fanciful, or excessively playful expression; an odd or fanciful notion. [Whimsy week starts here. Click for this weeks Bliss Initiatives] 


Sometimes things just work out for the best. We are having torrential down pours today. Which means Jessie and I will be staying home today and I might get to squeeze in some extra blogging time. I lost my post yesterday so I want to make one  up. I was fooling around with some last minute formatting and somehow ended up deleting the whole thing. This happened one other time before. I like to take it as a sign that what I wrote just wasn't up to snuff and now I get a chance to do it again!


Last week went very well with my idea to combine to of my virtues together so I thought I'd start this week off the same way and combine Passion and Whimsy. I really thought this would be a great combination but when I tried out a flash inspiration search "Passionate Whimsy" not much showed up. The one item that did show up was Roger Ebert's review of "Me and You and Everyone We Know."  about which he says," And when have you seen a woman seduce a man not with sex but with unbridled and passionate whimsy?" I have not seen the movie but I really like the idea of unbridled and passionate whimsy. I just may have to watch the movie this week!


The reason I think that whimsy pairs exceptionally well with passion has to do with the fact that sometimes passion on it own can be kind of serious. It has something to do with wanting our passionate overtures to be received well.  Is it too soon to send roses? If I lick her ear will she find it lovely or creepy? Is this lingerie sexy or sleazy? Sometimes fear about how the other person will feel can keep us from doing anything at all or only doing things that you know will be well received.


Whimsy can take some of that pressure away. Fo example take whimsical "love coupons" which can be found all over the place this time of year for valentines day.  

These free downloadable ones are from 


Create some of your own coupons with some of your new passionate ideas. Play a game with your lover to do what ever the coupon says, no matter how silly. This way, if your idea falls flat it is no big deal, you can just move on to another coupon. Of course, if an idea turns out to be a hit then you have something new to add to your passionate repertoire! Here are some free downloadable options to get your ideas going. 


I highly recommend picking up some of the cute valentines offerings at this time of year for use all year round.  Declaring your own Valentines day randomly during the year can be a lot more fun then the one Hallmark is encouraging us to celebrate, although skipping the 14th of February isn't likely to be the best idea for encouraging passion!


Next Post: My review of  "Sing loudly in your car! A book of whimsy for grown-ups." by Lynn Rosenbaum

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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