In 1726, at the age of 20, Benjamin Franklin devised a personal plan of conduct which consisted of 13 virtues.
TEMPERANCE – Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
SILENCE – Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; 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 uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation.
TRANQUILLITY – Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
CHASTITY – Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.
HUMILITY – Imitate Jesus and Socrates.
Franklin committed to focusing on one virtue per week. At the end of the 13th week, he would start the process over again. He even created a chart to track his progress and carried it with him as a reminder of his plan of conduct. The first letter of each day was listed on the top and the first letter of each virtue was listed down the left side. He would add a dot if he felt he fell short of meeting that virtue on a given day.
I’m pretty sure you figured it out, but “venery” is sexual indulgence. I’ll let you all know how many “spam” comments I get because I used the words “sexual indulgence” in a blog post.
Art Every Day Month – Day 3
I’m participating in Art Every Day Month. Every day during the month of November I’m going to start a painting. They will vary in their completeness…from “just started” to done.”
Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.