Local woman still undecided about when to start the challenge! Has not drawn first virtue from virtual or perhaps literal hat yet! Is still proud of herself for putting up another post despite that being the bare minimum amount of effort! More at 11.
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:
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.