Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Feeling inspired by Ben

Less talk. Less stuff. Less weight. Less inflammation. Less pain. Less loneliness. Less judgement. Less criticism. Less negativity. Less fighting. Less extremes. Less noise.

These are all the things the minimalist in me wants this year. But wait. What about the immoderate in me?

More listening. More empty space. More fitness. More calm. More comfort. More connection. More acceptance. More acknowledgment. More positivity. More peace. More moderation. More silence.

Speaking of silence, here's Benjamin Franklin's list of 13 virtues he wrote in his autobiography that are reminiscent of my Swiss grandparents and the traditional Swiss Alpine folk:

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 employ'd 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, cloaths, 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.

And while I'm at it, here's Benjamin Franklin's daily schedule:


  1. Diana, this is simply terrific! A beautiful New Year's gift from you to us all, your readers. Happy New Year and much love,

  2. Thank you for reading and commenting dear Annelyse! I wish you all the best in the new year and much love! Diana

  3. I agree with Annelyse, this is really fantastic. And I can only imagine what more I could accomplish if I lived Ben's 13 virtues! Certainly something for which to strive. I need to print this list and keep it handy - for myself and to share!