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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Romantic conclusions

ROMANCE - To court or woo romantically; treat with ardor or chivalrousness; a strong fascination or enthusiasm for something.  [Romance week starts here. Click for this week's Bliss Initiatives.]

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Sunday is the day I tally up how I did for the week.  Generally I take a sort of gut check and decide on my ten point scale where I landed. Doing that this week, I will give myself a 5. I didn't complete my initiatives and distinguished more about what what wasn't working, rather then injecting more romance into our lives. Recently I began calculating how much BLISS was actually added to my daily life and I did this with "Bliss Boosts."  Once again this is very subjective and for this week I would give myself 1 Bliss Boost.  I definitely felt some added bliss but I certainly did not have the same experience as last time out.  I wasn't counting bliss boosts back then but with an 8 out of 10 romance was certainly on the rise!

When I started this project I assumed that it would change over time. Part of the fun is seeing where things are going. When I first began, when I was focusing on each week's bliss virtue and while I found it interesting and enjoyable I realized that I wasn't actually increasing my experience of everyday bliss. Now I can see that the first cycle through each of the virtues was much like the prerequisites for a college course, the information provided a good base but soon the requirements were more intensive. This is when I decided I didn't just want my experiment to be about studying the virtues and it was important to consider how much overall bliss I was experiencing. This is when I added the Bliss Boost measurement.

Now I am noticing yet another change! For the past two weeks it has shown up as missing for me that while I increase the particular virtue's bliss quotient during a given week there has been absolutely no carry over into the subsequent weeks. Yesterday I declared it Day One for not having that happen for romance but what I'd really like to see is each virtue getting regular play in EVERY week!  Which means I finally understand Ben Franklin's method of looking at every virtue each day.  Hmmm I think it is time to look at new kind of scoring system... I'm not up to doing that today (read my Family would like to spend some time with me!) so I'll look at doing that by the time my next cycle begins.

On a just because I find it fun note I thought I would introduce you to something another new blogging friend Lemony Renee' posted on her blog today. It is called Saturday 9 and each saturday "Crazy Sam" comes up with 9 questions and she invites other people to play along. If you are playing you provide a link to your blog and you can click on the links to see how other's answer. It is totally random and totally fun. Hopefully I will have time to play along sometime. Stop on by Renee's post to see a very fun example of the whole thing.

Thank you friends, fans and followers (None of the groups are mutually exclusive!) for a fun Romance week!

Next post: Gratitude week gets underway

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

1 comment:

  1. Kathy,

    I feel glad for your considerations on my blog (funky6stringer), even more because they come from a mature person like you. Unfortunately, I learned a lot on love on a somewhat thorny manner. Actually, I'm committed and happy and really I still have a lot to share. Have sure I will check your blog too!

    Vry Tks for all :)


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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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