But first, the A to Z.
True heroes are all around us, in our every day lives, but some people stand out. During this A-Z Challenge I hope to share several of my real life heroes, and invite you to share yours in the comments.
When paying for school proved impossible, he started a library to fuel his love for reading and education (even though he never graduated). He became the publisher of a newspaper and started as a writer under a pen name (YES, I totally love this guy,) to write controversial columns that would move the U.S. toward becoming an independent country. Not only did it sell papers (he was a brilliant business man), but it lit a spark.
His biggest contribution in my mind is the service he provided in the founding of the United States. That alone would be a reason for me to love him, but his diplomatic mission to France is probably what saved this country in the middle of the War of Independence. It's because of him the French became our allies (and don't think I've forgotten the importance of that assistance my French friends).
One of the reasons I adore Franklin is because of his focus on building a strong character, and cultivating it in those around him. Here are 13 values he worked to perfect through his life:
- "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."
- "Tranquility. 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."
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Who do you admire most in history? Do you like Benjamin Franklin? Who is your favorite founding father? (If you're American.)