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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Wrapping up Passion Week over at Everyday Bliss

PASSION - a fervent or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything; experience of strong love or sexual desire. [Passion Week starts here. Click for this week's Bliss Initiatives.]

I feel a little tired. Not because it is 4:30 in the morning as I write this, although that could easily be a factor, but because all this passion is a little tiring. Exhilarating, exciting, fun and bliss boosting too but definitely a little tiring. Combining my virtues of creativity and passion was a total hit and netted better results then I could have predicted but some of the frantic, uncontrolled feel of the week is wearing on me. I am very eager for serenity week to begin but I have to get through whimsy week first!


From the Best Photos "Most Passionate Kisses" collection

When I look back at what I said I wanted to do this week I have to give myself some pretty high marks. I definately had fun and while the passionate creativity part of the week took over my blog space,  I would like to note that Rob and I enjoyed some passionate moments as well. Rob set the stage for us by creating several gourmet meals and sending both his girls flowers during the week. So sweet that he didn't want Jessie to feel left out so she got a little boquet with a balloon. Just darling. Jessie also did her part by going to bed early on two occoasions so that Rob and I could have some much enjoyed alone time together.


All totaled I am giving myself a 7 out of 10 for my passion week and another 5 bliss boosts. My experience of bliss has definitely increased.  Last passion week I gave myself a 6 which was due primarily to Rob and I trying out the 30 second kiss. I would have scored myself higher this week if Rob and I had actually integrated some of the practices from last time out into our daily lives but that really isn't the case. What is happening so far in this little experiment is that each week, particularly with passion and romance, while the focus is on, I (we) do something to increase the experience of the virtue but once the week is over we slip back to our less passionate ways.

 
 From the Best Photos "Most Passionate Kisses" collection

Knowing that we will have at least 4 supercharged passionate weeks this year certainly isn't a bad thing, however, I was hoping that my experiment would lead me to live the virtues every day. Perhaps this happens in time. Ben Franklin spent a lifetime working on his 13 virtues, so likely, I am being a little hard on myself to expect so much so soon. After all it took going through the entire cycle once before I could even attribute an increase of bliss to my experiment. 


I wrote when I began this week, " I don't want to spend the entire week on that single aspect (creative passion) of passion." but that is exactly what I did.  I feel I may have let those of you who were looking for some romantic passion insights and tips down this week so to end the week I offer the following tip: Make a plan for passion. Don't rely on the mood striking, be proactive. Schedule a date night. Stock up on fun and sexy toys and games, lotions, candles, lingerie and other goodies to have hand when the mood strikes. Nothing is worse then thinking I'd like to surprise him/her and you don't have time to run to the store. Buying ahead of time is fun, knowing the surprise will come later can keep a passionate spark alive. Declare your own "Passion Week" and let the week unfold.

Next post: Whimsy week begins!

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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