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Virtues YOU should live by. Me? I live in a basement, remember?

Posted by tennisplanet on February 22, 2008


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 employed in something useful. Cut 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, in clothes????, or habitation???

Tranquility: Be not be disturbed at trifles or at accidents common or unavoidable.

Chastity: Use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness or injury to your own or another’s reputation.


4 Responses to “Virtues YOU should live by. Me? I live in a basement, remember?”

  1. Jenny said

    Yet another set of commandments TP and in the whole make good sense. Don’t forget good clean fun also. IMHO, nothing wrong in taking a few risks on the way, because you don’t want to be lying on your deathbed regretting all the things you DIDN’T DO. Life is for living without deliberately hurting, do the best you can or able, because it isn’t a rehearsal!

    Thanks TP, I know you care about us freaks, the players and your goats….just work on the cleanliness, remember small steps LOL.

  2. Defrogerer said

    Add loyalty to your list TP and that about says it all.

  3. Katie said

    Avoid trifling conversation? Surely you jest! Anyway, I’m with Alice Roosevelt (Teddy Roosevelt’s daughter) who said, “If you don’t have something nice to say, come over here and sit by me.”

  4. eva said

    I was laughing by the 2nd and 3rd admonitions.
    While there is truth to many of them, none of them can always be adhered to comletely. Depends on a lot.
    Do not lie; I believe in this, and yet I can tell when telling the truth would be harmful or result in injury to someone else.
    Cleanliness is good, although I always found that clutter–that hillbilly look in a home–really get to me psychologically after a while. I’ll ignore things for a while, and then it’s as if things are closing in on me.
    Genuiness and sincerity, authenticity are prime virtues and any relationship/s demand them. As well as one’s own self-esteem.
    Regarding Industry, I have cut all unnecessary actions–and most of the necessary ones; only the must-dos survive. It is nice to trasliterate this into a virtue.
    Chastitiy; I was going to grade school, when I though that if a man and woman or boy or girl loved each other, than there is nothing wrong with the expression of it physically. A lot of people think of “sex” as dirty, and that’s the only framework within which they really enjoy it. While all it needs is respect, emootional and intellectual contact–marriage of two minds–and sensitivity. If something or somebody feels wrong, then it is going to feel “dirty,” afterward, because the betrayal is of ones’self.
    Justice is so rare on earth, that it should bew thought of as a holy and long-ago fable. Despite this, one should br fair and just toward othersif for nothing else, but because you owe it to yourself.
    Speaking and words are difficult to pin down–speaking and words can actualy tell you nore than a picture, despite that popular saying from the Chinese that “a picture is worth a thousand words.” The way I see it, that is only true the day before the battle is joined.
    For many other things, we rely on words, to provide motivation, underline feeling, strength of passion, compassion, to explain what’s our experience, even when it inexplicable in some sense.
    Like everything humans touch, words, too, can be and are misused. But some use them so wondrously–as Katie’s quotes indicated– evocative, that we absolutely cannot do without them.
    In our own daily speech, we can come up with very spontaineous and expressive phrases, and not the usual swearing ones of the standard platitudes.
    Well, TP, the only thing some peop;le could improve upon, for social harmony, is respect. All other things, Ahem, seem to be pretty well on track. For you. I am hopeless.

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