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Monday, February 1, 2010

Let the inquiry begin!

INQUIRY - a seeking or request for truth, information, or knowledge; study, scrutiny, exploration.

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One of my favorite weeks is upon us! The whole game was started in part because of my fascination with inquiry. I adore exploring new things and testing them out. My decision to publicly play this game in a blog is rooted in this virtue. I really wanted to see what would happen if I declared my intentions out loud to the world. I have NOT been disappointed. Even when I didn't think anyone was reading what I wrote the possibility that you might kept me going. Now that so many readers have joined in watching and possibly playing along with me I feel like the game is being taken to a new level. 

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This week I am picking three areas of inquiry as my access to exploring and encouraging INQUIRY. For this week's  "Bliss Initiatives," play along with what I do or make up your own inquiries.  This week is about the process of learning something, anything new and it doesn't even matter if you succeed.  My "Bliss Initiatives" are color coded in purple for quick identification. They are specific things that you too can try, if you want to play along with me. However, because as Earl Nightingale says, "you become what you think about," even if you only follow along, and never take on any of the bliss initiatives, I expect some results.

  • Magic Carpet Ride - many of you are doing this already and I will be continuing this week. At last count more then 900 blogs have joined this year's One World One Heart blog fest. If you found me because of this event then participating in this event is a no brainer. You will be doing so anyway! If you don't know what I'm talking about do click on the link and find out. I will be sharing some of my fun finds here in this blog but conducting your own inquiry is half the fun!
  • Big Questions Inquiry - last inquiry week I found a fascinating website but I didn't get  a chance to explore as much as I wanted. This week I'm heading back to All about Philosophy which offers an interesting group of discussions on many of the BIG topics. "Do you want a rational investigation of the truth? Philosophy poses many questions. Where did I come from and why am I here? Why is there suffering? Is there a God? What is my purpose in life? Get started on your trek to find answers to life's most important questions."  Join me here and/or review my last post on the big questions for additional inspiration.
  • Everyday Inquiry - This time around my everyday inquiry is leading me to research preschools for Jessie. It is open house time for the next school year and I am ready to find her perfect place! If you don't also have a toddler heading into school then picking some other inquiry based on your personal needs would be great. Finding home care for an elderly  parent, the perfect cake recipe for an upcoming celebration, a new supplier of craft materials... what ever floats your boat.  Being conscious of the process is what this part of the game is all about. Have fun and go out and learn something!

Next Post: Exploring my crafty side

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


  1. I am fascinated with this whole idea of yours and I am going to construct an inquiry of my own. I loved the quote by Issac Newton and I am going to post my inquiry on a post-it and stick it on my computer. I am sure that the universe responds when you are seeking. What a way to get answers. I will report back.

  2. Awesome Diana! Thanks for playing with me. I look forward to hearing your observations!

  3. Hi Kathy, I am reporting back. I wrote an inquiry about how to organize my day. (This is a personal hang up of mine that I struggle with often, especially when I want to avoid something.)

    That very day, I went to the books store for something else and "stumbled" onto a book that gave me just the inspiration I needed. It is Creative Time and Space,by Rice Freeman-Zachery. Never knew this book existed. I had to laugh at the universe!

    Thank you for this reminder to seek and ye shall find. I am going to try this again. Who knows what I will learn and discover?

  4. That is just great Diana! And thank you for sharing your inquiry here. Knowing that others are playing around with my ideas makes it so much fun. I am certain you have inspired others too! Let me know if you like the book!


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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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