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Saturday, June 12, 2010

A little pig and a lot of Bravery!

MOXIE- The ability to face difficulty with spirit and courage; vigor; verve; pep. [Moxie Week begins here. Click for this week's Bliss Initiative.] 

First of all a great big thank you to everyone who stopped by to congratulate me on my 300th post. I really appreciate it AND I also hope a few of you took a moment to visit some of my favorite blogs which were mentioned. 

Second I have a little something to get off my chest. It is moxie week so it seems the perfect occasion to do so. You may remember last week during Gratitude week, I kicked off a little gratitude game I have been affectionately calling the pig giveaway. When I came up with the idea of it I got all inspired and thought it would be so much fun to get everyone sharing why they are grateful AND (this is the not so altruistic part) handling it all like a big contest might drum up some business for the blog. I created the goal of getting 120 entries and for each of those entries I would donate a dollar to which at the $120 mark would mean a needy family would get a pig to raise and use to support their family.

At the end of Gratitude week the total number of entries was ten which wasn't even enough for a flock of geese! So I was bummed and just sort of dropped the whole thing. Now of course my plan is to give the full $120 dollars (I guess this is the altruistic part) to Heifer no matter my game outcome and I suspect most of you saw this right from the start.  I also realize I never actually made the game worthwhile to YOU! You could see that Heifer was going to get their pig money so why exactly did you need to play?!! I promised some small token for my winner but never even announced what that  might be! Well I have decided to change that and starting Monday I will be re-launching my game in a whole new way and running it from June 14th to June 21st when an actual winner will be announced. Rest assured, no matter what, the pig will be awarded and you may walk away with something pretty fun yourself!

Now with that off my chest lets get back to the topic at hand. Which today I am calling Bravery. It is not the same thing as moxie but they travel in tight circles together. Moxie often requires bravery and I have been thinking about what I can do to amp up my bravery quotient and then my bloggy friend Lisa over at LifeUnity went and did that very thing. She looked at something that scared her and she did it anyway! Her post called My Secret tells the whole story (you should definitely go there to check it out.) Bottom line she felt she had been hiding and "holding in" her stomach (literally and as metaphor for many other things in her life -- go read her post!) for decades and she was not going to do that one day longer.  And then she did about the bravest thing in the world for her and that was to take a photo of her bare stomach and post it for all the world to see!

Just imagine doing that! If you don't have a stomach thing then you probably have something else. In my case it would be a cleavage thing or possibly more appropriately called a sexy thing. I have a reasonably nice body but for what ever reason I just can not bear to wear anything even slightly revealing and sexy. If I try a dress on and it even slightly shows off my breasts I am extremely uncomfortable. Totally brave for me would be letting my husband buy me an outfit (He has excellent taste and would love it if I amped the sexy up a notch!) and then wearing it! So that is what I am going to do... I'll post that photo here sometime after said outfit is acquired!

So today my hat is off to Lisa for bravery of the highest order and a heap of moxie to boot! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

How about you? What is the bravest thing you have ever done... or better yet what brave thing are you going to do?

Next Post: Moxie Conclusions

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

This week we are studying moxie. Next week it is Humility.


  1. What a wonderful tribute to Lisa's truly brave post. She is a revelation! I could never do what she did - she truly has MOXIE!!! I am sorry that the giveaway didn't work out as planned. But I'm happy to see that you figured out a way to change it, and I look forward to seeing what you'll be doing with it. Have a wonderful weekend!!! Theresa

  2. **Wiping away a tear of gratitude and humilty** Kathy - THANK YOU for such a beautiful acknowledgement...I am truly humbled. I want to let you and anyone else who reads this know that that "little" step, just hitting "Publish" on that post has started a Gigantic change in my life. It is simply stunning...I cannot encourage enough everyone else to find one little way to release into beauty. (Um, like having posts about doing just that...perhaps a whole blog around it...hmm...sounds familiar!) :)

    That being said - darn it for the giveaway! That is truly an awesome idea...I will promote it everywhere I can!

    Ok, seriously still blushing a little bit - Thank you again!

  3. I sometimes wish I could suck my boobs in a bit. I do admire Lisa. I look forward to seeing your outfit! (That is, if it's not too risque!haha)

  4. The bravest thing I have ever done...Hmmm...this is a tough one. There are so many things that some people might call brave...

    Ok, I think the bravest thing I ever did was to give my twins up for adoption. My parents took them in as long as they could adopt them, and after 4 months of waffling, I finally made the right decision. I think that is my bravest moment, knowing that they deserved much better then my teenage self could ever give them, and giving them a better life...

  5. I bravely started running today. I only had to stop once because I thought I might pass out. I ran exactly one tenth of one mile.

    I said I was brave, not crazy.

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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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