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Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Present of Serenity

SERENITY - the state or quality of being serene, calm, or tranquil; composure, peacefulness, peace. [Serenity week begins here.]

Congratulations Danielle of My Life in Jenga!
You are the winner of my impromptu Serenity Week Giveaway!

I found this image over on the blog  Baby Riley - Our Miracle Baby
with the caption "Will we ever feel the same..."  INDEED!

This is going to be a simple short post! I am giving myself a 5 out of 10 on my 10 point scale this week. Not my best score in the game to date but that is ok. I'm also awarding 2 Bliss boosts because although it took smashing my toe to get me to slow down I feel like the lesson IS ingrained enough to continue on! 

I'm always a little sad when Serenity week is winding down. Somehow, I know that without the specific concentration I will let some of it's bliss fade. I am hopeful this time however, that I will at least continue my mornings of solitude. Just a few slow breaths can make all the difference in starting the day!

Thanks again to Amber for her inspired Soulful Serenity guest post. The mindfulness you shared will stay with me!

Have you also embraced the Present of Serenity?

Next Post - Inquiry week gets started!

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

This week we are exploring  Serenity. 
Next week is all about Inquiry.
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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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