Cleanliness Q4

Ben Franklin’s 13 Virtues: Week 10, Q4

Cleanliness: “Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes or location.

Personal notes:

  • I feel terrible when frumpy, dirty or disheveled;
  • Clutter drives me crazy;
  • Pine needles are everywhere!

We love Christmas in our house. We love the decorations, the tree, the lights, the dishes, the ornaments — everything — but in the end, our love has an expiration date, and it’s about a week after New Years.

I think being unclean is great fun, temporarily. Camping, or a good workout, or playing with the kids — or Christmas clutter and holiday gluttony — feel great, but after some time, there is a deep seeded desire to get Clean. To get home and take a shower, to wear fresh clothes, to get rid of clutter, to eat clean food.

Enjoying the physical, the human, the temporal feels wonderful. Returning to Cleanliness feels better. It is a return to the spiritual. Cleanliness is next to Godliness.

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Next Week

Ben Franklin’s 13 Virtues: Week 11, Q4

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

Personal notes:

  • Trifles are life’s paper cuts;
  • A lot can be gained from taking a breath and letting go;
  • Focus on what matters.

Trifles — tiny wounds that cause such terrible sting. But there is no injury. Just inconvenience.