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In my quest to live my virtues, rather then just write about them, I decided to talk to my sixteen year old niece about Moxie. Today was her birthday and I was calling with those wishes but figured what the heck, I'd throw it in.
Me, "It is Moxie week on my blog."
Niece, "Moxie? What's that?"
Me, thinking, "is Moxie so old school she really never heard it? Damn' I feel old!" but still able to speak, "It is the ability to face difficulty in good spirits. Someone who has courage. I think you have Moxie."
Niece, "Really? Not sure that sounds like me."
Me, "You wouldn't let anyone take advantage of you would you?"
Niece, "No, I guess not."
Me, "Well that is Moxie and I think you have it!"
Niece, probably thinking, "How do I get out of this crazy conversation and get back to enjoying cake with my boyfriend?" brilliantly says, "Thanks Aunt Kaki, that's cool." and deftly moves to another topic, "So when am I going to see you again?"
Yeah, she's got it but I guess there is some new hip word for it and since I don't know the cool texting lingo for it we'll never speak of it again. For the record, I hope to visit next month.
Meanwhile back at the blog, I thought I was being very brave tossing out my Moxie challenge and then 12 hours later I hadn't heard a peep out of anyone. I couldn't believe it! You guys have spoiled me, I'm accustomed to having at least one or two little old comments but so far today there was nothing. Eek gads! Had I actually scared you all away by encouraging you to interact. I decided to stop obsessing and shut the computer. I spent the day imagining that no one left a comment and figuring out how to respond, with moxie. I was coming up pretty dry so I was terribly grateful to see that three of you did take time to comment, and with great ideas! So thank you! And as a result of the great input I am updating this week's Bliss Initiatives for those who want to play along:
- Live with Moxie - Each day do something unexpected and brave. For example, go out of the way to meet a neighbor, strike up a conversation with a stranger, offer my opinion on the website of someone I respect, rather then just reading and watching. Ask if there is a way to get a better deal when shopping instead of unconsciously paying full price. In short step outside of my/your comfort zone, create opportunities to be brave and speak up instead of quietly going about my/your business.
- Study Moxie - I will research people who have displayed Moxie and I will read the book "Women of Courage: Inspiring Stories from the Women Who Lived Them" by Katherine Martin (I didn't finish it last time out!) I will find inspiring quotes about courage and daring and share them here and with people in my life to inspire us to be more daring! Do the same and conduct your own moxie study!
- Visualize Moxie - From Nancy aka BLissed-Out Grandma (who by the way is encouraged and welcome to contribute ideas ANYTIME - stop by her place for sage wisdom anytime you need it!) Picture three different situations, real or imaginary, and visualize yourself responding to these circumstances with real moxie.
It could be a time when you wished you had had a better reaction, or a situation that you fear, or a scenario in which you grab the reins and lead someone to positive change.
The more vivid and detailed, the better. And write down what you see yourself doing. Then later you can think about what would help you behave that way, or just visualize yourself in more situations that call for similar moxie!
- Try it alone- Contributed by Lisa over at LifeUnity (who you should become bloggy friends with too because she leaves lots of nice comments and has a really creative blog!) Do something you are generally more comfortable doing with others, fine dining, going to a movie, visiting an art gallery, whatever it is for you, and try doing it by yourself. Experience trepidation turning into chutzpah!
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My 13 bliss virtues: joy, order, creativity, passion, whimsy, serenity, inquiry, community, romance, gratitude, moxie, humility, surprise