“I propos’d to myself, for the sake of clearness, to use rather more names, with fewer ideas annex’d to each, than a few names with more ideas; and I included under thirteen names of virtues all that at that time occurr’d to me as necessary or desirable, and annexed to each a short precept, which fully express’d the extent I gave to its meaning.” – Benjamin Franklin
This week marks a milestone for me. I have diligently pressed on in the face of multitudes of excited changes that might collapse a mere mortal…
Actually that’s not what I intended to write about today…it’s the character traits we’ve been working on for the last 6 weeks. The act of consciously creating one’s character.
I’ve spent some time researching Benjamin Franklin. I have his autobiography and have ordered other books about Ben Franklin that I might study him with my boys in our homeschooling lesson time. As I spent time reviewing the autobiography from the viewpoints I have gained through the MK, I get new insight as well as excitement for my own development of character and how I can empower my boys as unique individuals with a foundation of strength and wisdom.
There is no question that I have improved in my own character by applying the tools of the makeover from our Master Key Master Mind.
It began with Kindness. I followed that with Well Organized, Perseverance, Self Control, Specialized Knowledge and this week Discipline.
I was reading how at the age of 20 Ben Franklin created a system to develop his character. These are the original virtues he devised.
- 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.