Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Ben Franklin and New Year's Resolutions

Just found this list of virtues developed by Ben Franklin.  A good reminder for living a healthier, more balanced life.  Could be useful if you're looking for a New Year's resolution.

Benjamin Franklin’s Virtues and Precepts

·  TEMPERANCE  -Eat not to Dullness, Drink not to Elevation
·  SILENCE - Speak not but what way benefit others or your self. Avoid trifling conversation.
·  ORDER -Let all your Things have their Places. Let each Part of your Business have its Time.
·  RESOLUTION - Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.
·  FRUGALITY - Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself: i.e. Waste nothing.
·  INDUSTRY - Lose no Time – Be always employed in something useful. – cut off all unnecessary Actions.
·  SINCERITY - Use no hurtful Deceit. Think innocently and justly;and, if you speak; speak accordingly.
·  JUSTICE - Wrong none, by doing Injuries or omitting the Benefits that are your Duty.
·  MODERATION - Avoid Extremes. Forbear resenting Injuries so much as you think they deserve.
·  CLEANLINESS - Tolerate no Uncleanness in Body, Clothes or Habitation.
·  TRANQUILITY - Be not disturbed at Trifles, or at Accidents common or unavoidable.