Know what you are aiming(DW #827)
Oct 27, 2020
This week, we are exploring Ben Franklin’s program for self growth.
The first thing that he did was he made a list of virtues that he wanted to grow within himself.
While the words that he used may be a slightly outdated, the virtues themselves are mostly timeless and we could benefit from adopting many of them in our lives.
Here is Franklin’s list of 13 virtues:
· Temperance: moderating eating and drinking
· Silence: speaking only when it benefits others or yourself
· Order: letting everything have its place
· Resolution: resolving to do what you should; doing without fail what you resolve
· Frugality: being careful with money and resources; wasting nothing
· Industry: working hard but efficiently
· Sincerity: meaning what you say; saying what you mean
· Justice: wronging no one, either by what you do or don’t do
· Moderation: avoiding extremes and letting go of grudges
· Cleanliness: keeping your body, clothes, home, and workspace clean
· Tranquility: calmly accepting small misfortunes that are common and unavoidable
· Chastity: moderating sexual activity
· Humility: imitating ‘Jesus and Socrates’"
A "Moral Perfection Project." Rather inspiring, don’t you think?
Reading these one cannot help but notice where we may have some work to do!
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