Monday, June 11, 2012

Haterade Detox Program..

People go on cleanses it seems like every other day. We put so much garbage into our bodies, that we need to go on these cleansing programs to rid ourselves of it. BUT, what if we ‘cleansed’ our psyche and attitude, and rid ourselves of the hate we consume ? It’s all around us, our peers, sometimes even our family, the tv, magazines, Facebook, and gossip sites. So if we could rearrange our whole life so that it didn’t affect us so much, what would it look like? It would look like good ol’ Benjamin Franklins virtues. Yes, he wrote a list of virtues… and it’s the perfect haterade detox, if we’re mindful of them each morning. 
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 it’s 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. Waste nothing. 
6. Industry. Lose no time. Be always employ’d in something useful. Cut of 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. 
Thanks good sir, for some thoughtful words. I hope more people can get the message behind them, and do a little detox of themselves. 

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