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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Moxie Conclusions

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

Wow what a week!  This was my third time visiting Moxie during my game and it felt so different from the other times out. I really think this game is working some magic now! Previously I was playing around with the virtues but recently I have been noticing them getting "under my skin" so to speak. The first couple of times through Moxie I was really looking for some kind of showy expression. With people like Lucille Ball as an examples of moxieful living it is easy to feel like one's regular life would always fall short. This week I feel like I really got to know what moxie looks like in my life.

My little Moxie Girl

When I was in my 20s and 30s  I  was quite the adventurer. I would pick up and move at the drop of a hat and I would go out of my way to try new and interesting things. I walked across 40 feet of hot coals in my bare feet, I sky dived, I went to a ten day silent meditation retreat.  I dated voraciously and I threw town warming parties (rented VFW hall, hired a band and posted flyers to invite my new neighbors) when I moved to new places.  Looking at that time in my life it is kind of easy to think that I had Moxie then but not now.

Today I lead a much more gentle life. I eat dinners at home, I go on play dates with my daughter, I drink lattes much more regularly then martinis. My days can sort of run together in watching cooking shows with my Sweetie, taking day trips to art festivals and walks in state parks. It is a really nice life but it lacks the flashy fly by the seat of your pants nature of those early years. What I have come to realize is that Moxie has a variety of flavors. Certainly in the case of the strong and exciting versions as exhibited by someone like Amelia Erhard it easy to point and say there it is! 

At the moment  for me, Moxie lives in doing what is right even if it is hard for me. It doesn't matter if something I find difficult is easy for someone else, even my twenty year old self, if it is difficult for me right now then pushing forward and doing it anyway is Moxie. When I contrast the town warming enthusiasm of my 30s to the slow and deliberate meeting of my new neighbors today it is rather amusing but honestly all that bluster with which I promoted those events kept me from really getting to know anyone. Now I still feel a little excitement in the pit of my stomach as I approach someone I have never spoken with before. Butterflys a fluttering I still go out of my way to say "Hello!, I am your new neighbor!" 

This week, I failed to follow my heart upon occasion and I did not do something everyday that scared me but I do feel like I really got in touch with the moxie in me. As a result of paying attention to it this week I am certain it is more available to me then ever before. For this reason I will give myself a 8 out of 10 for my weekly score. I am also awarding 5 bliss boosts for the over all increase of bliss this moxie access is giving me. Funny how just thinking about moxie can amp a whole experience up!

How about you? Are you in touch with your Moxie power?

Next Post: Humility week kick off with new pig giveaway!
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. I am so NOT in touch with my Moxie power, sorry to say. Give me time!!

  2. Not so much in touch with my moxie power right now! LOL I'm working on it, though. :) Theresa

  3. Oh my GOODNESS she is so adorable!

    And wow...what a life reflection. I love hearing all of those things about you (filling in yet more to what you added on the Our Stories contribution!)...and that you are embracing whatever form Moxie takes.

    I'm lovin' Moxie being something different for me each day - from a wild outfit to smiling to someone I'd otherwise pass right on by to drawing and sharing something I'd otherwise cringe over! YAY for wild 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90+ somethings forms of Moxie!

  4. Love this idea & love the flexibility in recognizing Moxie has a variety of flavors. Your little Moxie Girl is adorable!

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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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