Justice Q3

Ben Franklin’s 13 Virtues: Week 8, Q3

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

Personal notes:

  • Be true to others;
  • Act honorably;
  • Avoid the simple way out.

This week reflected the cold, cloudy weather; it was slow and tired, quietly wrapped in a blanket looking out a rainy window. Sitting there, staring out the window, I got to thinking about Honor and Justice. No major epiphanies, no revelations, just a hope, a hope to live out an honorable and just life.

Honor is hidden, it is a choice we make in the darkness. When no one is looking and we are free to choose what we may. We are all prone to stumble, to fall and dirty ourselves – forgetting our better nature – but I hope when the challenges arise, I will stand with honor. I cling to that hope.

I hope that when the world is collapsing and I am lost, my lantern does not fail and I can walk in the darkness as I do in the light. I hope that my courage does not waver and that in the end, I can say I lived an honorable life. I hope all these things and more, these gray thoughts nagging on this rainy day.

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Next Week

Ben Franklin’s 13 Virtues: Week 9, Q3

Moderation: “Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.”

Personal notes:

  • Practice Moderation of action;
  • Moderate emotional response (especially at 630pm with the kids);
  • Incorporate Moderation into this week’s conduct.

More and more the power of Moderation impresses me; a minimum investment with outsized returns. Moderation of speech, diet, emotion, spending – they are the groundwork of happiness.