Happy New Year 2014!
No, you aren't seeing things. It's my turn to post today, January 1, 2014, and I'll put up something new in a few days. In the meantime, I'm rerunning Brandon's excellent and timely post from a year ago. It's a wonderful read and reflection from Ben Franklin. -- Kerrie
December 31, 2012
New Year’s Resolutions, Ben Franklin Style
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Happy New Year! Most of us begin this blank slate with vows to shed a few pounds, exercise more, get organized, or as one friend promises herself, to drink more water. We don’t really scrutinize our character flaws and vow to improve those. Fortunately Benjamin Franklin rides to our aid.
As a young man Franklin developed a system for “arriving at moral Perfection.” Shouldn’t be too tough, he figured. He felt he knew right from wrong: “I did not see why I might not always do the one and avoid the other.”
Instead Franklin wrestled with his plan, reporting, “While my Care was employ’d in guarding against one Fault, I was often surpriz’d by another.” He also found himself, “much fuller of Faults than I had imagined….”
- Temperance in food and drink
- Silence (“Speak not but what may benefit others or your self. Avoid trifling Conversation.”)
- Order (“Let all your things have their Places.”)
- Resolution (“Resolve to perform what you ought.”)
- Tranquility (“Be not disturbed at Trifles”)
- Chastity (“but for Health or Offspring…Never to…the Injury of your own or another’s Peace or Reputation”)
- Humility (“Imitate Jesus and Socrates”)
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