If you’ve been following my blog, you may have been keeping up with my little Ben Franklin side project. For those not in the know, the last few months, I’ve been working through his “Thirteen Virtues”, one month at a time.
Ben would practice one a week but I don’t aspire to be as virtuous as him. I’m a bit rebellious that way. Plus, this gives me more time to work the virtue of the month extra hard.
I just finished Month Seven: Sincerity.
Here’s the gist:
Ben says this about Sincerity: Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
This one was a no-brainer for me because honesty is important to me. I may not always be tactful, but I’m sure sincere in my efforts to speak truthfully. I try to think carefully before I speak and have been a practitioner of “non-violent communication”, a practice of compassionate communication, that I learned through Marshall Rosenberg’s works.
That being said, even a sincere effort doesn’t always go over well. I had an incident a few days ago that left a bit of an uncomfortable vibe in the air between me and another person. I was as sincere as it gets but the person involved seemed miffed at my candor. Which made me feel bad.
Because I never want to hurt anyone, no matter even if I feel that they wronged me. It’s not my style.
I had to sit with that feeling and understand that with truth and sincerity, there will sometimes be discomfort. But that discomfort is better than the icky feeling of having to be a phony. Yeah, that. I guess sincerity isn’t as easy as I thought.
What I learned:
Even a sincere effort may feel funky. Be sincere anyways. You’ll feel better in the long run – and people will too because they know where they stand with you.
How I intend to carry this virtue forward into the rest of my life:
Keep on spitting truth, as kindly as can be.
Sincerity & Tarot – your affirmation for the month:
Truth sets everyone free.
What about you?
Is it time to bring more Sincerity into your life?
What would that look like? Where will you begin?
If you’d like to join me as I continue working through Ben Franklin’s Thirteen Virtues, please do! This month (April) I am exploring Justice. Nope, I’m not joining the police force or the Justice League (although I could rock those tights ‘n capes). I’m going to be trying to play fair and do my duty. Should be easy, right? We’ll see.
I hope you’re digging this little side project.
Here’s a quote from B-Franklin to round this out:
“Truth and sincerity have a certain distinguishing native lustre about them which cannot be perfectly counterfeited; they are like fire and flame, that cannot be painted.”
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© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2016
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