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Happy Independence Day

Our Founding Fathers (and their wives) were very impressive in many ways.  They were ahead of their time in mind and body wellness as well.

Benjamin Franklin had a list of 13 virtues that he tried to live by.  He reviewed and tracked how he did with his list at the end of each day.

Without commentary from me (I cannot imagine how I could add anything meaningful), here is Benjamin Franklin’s list of 13 virtues:

1.       Temperance: Eat not to dullness. Drink not to elevation.

2.       Silence: Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself.  Avoid trifling conversation.

3.       Order: Let all your things have their places.  Let each part of your business have its time.

4.       Resolution: Resolve to perform what you ought Perform without fail what you resolve.

5.       Frugality: Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself: i.e., Waste nothing.

6.       Industry: Lose not time. Be always employed in something useful.  Cut off all unnecessary actions.

7.       Sincerity: Use no hurtful deceit. Think innocently and justly; and if you speak, speak accordingly.

8.       Justice: Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.

9.       Moderation: Avoid extremes. Forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.

10.   Cleanliness: Tolerate no uncleanness in body, clothes, or habitation.

11.   Tranquility: Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.

12.   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.

13.   Humility: Imitate Jesus and Socrates.


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