Living Benjamin Franklin’s 13 Virtues for One Year

Image-1 (7)In a moment of “What should I read next?!?” angst I picked up Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography.  Picked up is probably a misnomer as I read it on my Kindle, although I DO have to pick up the Kindle, so there’s that.  I was shocked at how likable, charming, and relatable he is with his 313-year-old self.  Who knew?

In the second section of Benny’s autobiography (I feel we are in a long-distance friendship–the distance being time–so we have pet names for each other. His ghost calls me Sassafras.) which he penned in his 80s, he detailed a system he had devised in his youth for self-improvement.  He initially chose 12 areas to work on and eventually added a 13th after a Quaker friend pointed out that he struggled with pride.  He continued using this system for many years and found it quite useful and I got it in my head that I should try it, too.  What does one do after making a decision like that?  One starts a blog, of course! Ack!  I know, I know, I’m the worst.  Nevertheless, that is how this blog began and I will be posting once a day about my progress with my old pal Benny’s system.

December 2019 REBOOT-ARAMA!!!  That makes abject failure sound fun, right? I’m going to have to start again with some changes, the main one being that I am going to tackle one virtue a month and double up during one of the months since I’ve never figured out how to cram an extra month in there somewhere for recreation and binge-watching.  Thirteenth month would not be a good choice for Industry month.  Related: Thirteenth month sounds lame.  I shall rename you Euphrosyne after the Roman god of joy. Aren’t you glad I wasn’t in charge of naming your children?  Here are the 13 Virtues:

Temperance

Silence

Order

Resolution

Frugality

Industry

Sincerity

Justice

Moderation

Cleanliness

Tranquility

Chastity

Humility

Frankie’s method was to put a tick mark for each time he failed to live up to one of the virtues.  I will be targeting one per month and drawing them from a hat to add to the suspense.  Who knows, if I keep it up this year perhaps next year I will try to do all thirteen simultaneously.  Now for the big question–do I start now, or on January 1st, 2020?  I shall decide TOMORROW!  Duh-duh-duuuuuuuhhhhhhhh.

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