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Thursday, August 26, 2010

This blog isn't Zen Habits...

COMMUNITY - Sharing, participation, and fellowship. [Community week starts here. Click for this week's Bliss Initiatives.]

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I have had a bit of a revelation this morning. Somewhere recently, either here or over on my Everyday Mommy blog, I wrote how I wanted my Everyday Bliss blog to become the next Zen Habits. I totally LOVE that blog and am always inspired and impressed by what I read over there. Leo Babauta has the most amazing ability to thoughtfully and succinctly say so many of the things I think about and actually want to cover over here on Everyday Bliss that I have been left feeling like Everyday Bliss was failing. 

When I wrote this on Sunday
Get back to the basics and write posts that I love. When I started this blog I was so inspired about the project and had so much to say it was simple and very enjoyable to write a post everyday. Once all the logistics were shared (which I have to admit an unnatural fascination for) it really wasn't necessary to post EVERY day but I still felt compelled to do so, causing me to put out some less then stellar material. A blog isn't a pulitzer prize winning novel and I don't promise brilliance in every post going forward but I'm going on the theory that LESS may actually be more and intend on producing more thought provoking and thoughtful material.

I really had this vision of a slow percolating process whereby I somehow mused longer and found more inspiring material by not being quick to write everything down. I was going to write 3-4 times a week, not 6-7 like I have been doing and the added time will help me create even better material. Ha! Well this isn't what happened at all. As I sit here today I am no more or less prepared then I ever was and now I have the added pressure that THIS post be a great one! 

Alright I know "great" is a very subjective thing and if I am going to be really honest with myself I have probably only written 10-12  "great" posts this entire year. The other posts may have been entertaining fun or in some cases down right bad but I am realizing now that my process really requires that I put a pen to paper (Ha! love that idea but truly it is "fingers to keyboard") everyday. The name of my blog is EVERYDAY BLISS for goodness sake, not every other day bliss!!

So there you have it. I'm going back to writing every day. This may mean that I post a few stinkers but I hope you'll hang in there with me because sometime soon I expect and hope that something I write will be good enough to make a difference for you! 

If you comment today I would appreciate knowing which of my posts (in type or specifically) you like best. Thanks!

Next Post: Community building

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

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