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Benjamin Franklin


So,  a friend of mine posted this picture of Benjamin Franklin’s daily schedule on Facebook. I almost didn’t click it, actually. But click I did and I was surprised and a bit impressed:

The morning Question, What good shall I do this day?
The schedule: Rise, wash, and address Powerful Goddess; contrive day’s business and take the resolution of the day; prosecute the present study; and breakfast.


Read or overlook my accounts, and dine.


Put things in their places, supper, music, or diversion, or conversation; examination of the day.

Evening questions, What good have I done today?


I mean, so simple yet organized and even thought provoking or inspiring! “What good shall I do this day” may become my own morning question. And it has been ages since I’ve done any sort of evening reflecting on my day. Brilliant! I love that he said, “and address Powerful Goddess” and while I’m sure he means some deity of sorts, though in my mind I imagine it’s some incredible woman in his life! Ha-ha! I want to be someone’s “Powerful Goddess!” Ha-ha! Love it!

Does anyone else have something like this that they practice? I would love to hear all about it! For now I leave this with you and will be pondering it throughout the day.

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8 Comments to

“Benjamin Franklin”

  1. On February 27th, 2012 at 8:39 am JM Says:

    My routine: Get up, be amazing, go to bed.

  2. On February 27th, 2012 at 8:56 am Not Blue at All Says:

    JM: That sounds like a great routine! Wishing I felt like doing anything today. Blagh! I slept like garbage, sadly. I shall save my goodness for the morrow!

  3. On February 27th, 2012 at 8:46 am withoutscene Says:

    (Chris not michaela)
    Ive been trying to do these questions the last few days. I really think it does something to you, to resolve to do something and to do something good.
    And then to feel accomplished when you reflect on the actual good you planned to do and executed.
    I have to post these on the mirror or something so I dont forget to resolve myself to good. I already do that, i think most people do, but I dont do it so directly nor do i take enough time to celebrate my goals accomplished and my goodness spread throughout the world.
    I think he called it Powerful Goodness on purpose. It doesn’t even have a personification, but if you give it one then it seems to naturally fit. God, Allah, Spirits, Karma, Big Powerful Women, Our love of life, all will fit into his well considered equation……btw all this was written as a book to his son, so that as much of his lifes best thoughts could be condensed and used by his son 🙂 what a fucking guy! (if you discount how he treated his kids and wife)

  4. On February 27th, 2012 at 8:58 am Not Blue at All Says:

    Chris: Thank you for posting that on FB, btw. =0)
    Oh yes, “Goodness” well that’s not as exciting to me. Ha-ha! I’m sticking with wanting to be someone’s Powerful Goddess!
    But yes, it’s all about putting your intentions out there and then seeing them through. I think most of us are good at the first part, but following through? In America? Not so much.
    That’s cool that it was meant as a book for his son, too bad about treating his kids like crap though.
    Thank you so much for commenting.

  5. On February 27th, 2012 at 8:47 am Holly Says:

    It says “powerful goodness.” I thought it said goddess as well at first. I think the US would be a very different place if important male figures worshiped a goddess. lol

  6. On February 27th, 2012 at 8:58 am Not Blue at All Says:

    Holly: Yes, “Goodness” but that is so boring! Ha-ha! J/k! I think we’d all have been better off if they had worshiped a goddess! =0)

  7. On February 27th, 2012 at 9:16 am JeninCanada Says:

    My daily routine is get up, get the kid to school, go to work, come home, hang out with the kid, make dinner, hang out with the kid and hubby, put the kid to bed, hang out about the house either reading, watching something nifty on TV (Maddow, a documentary or GLEE, Firefly, etc), blogging, go to bed. Sometimes there’s a long soak in the tub in there. Some mornings there’s a reflection, some nights, but not always. Maybe it should be!

  8. On March 1st, 2012 at 4:06 am NotBlueAtAll » Blog Archive » Evening Reflections… Says:

    […] Monday when I posted that Benjamin Franklin thing? That kind of stuck with me a bit and I’ve begun to write down my thoughts before going to […]

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