January 17

Follow the * for today’s advice.

DOLFIEST DAY OF THE YEAR

MIND

Benjamin Franklin 1706

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https://www.history.com/topics/american-revolution/benjamin-franklin

https://www.fi.edu/benjamin-franklin/10-reasons-why-benjamin-franklin-was-actually-a-superhero

The key to Franklin’s success was his drive to constantly improve himself and accomplish his ambitions. In 1726, at the age of 20, Ben Franklin set his loftiest goal: the attainment of moral perfection.

In order to accomplish his goal, Franklin developed and committed himself to a personal improvement program that consisted of living 13 virtues. The 13 virtues were:

  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 its 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; i.e., waste nothing.”
  6. “INDUSTRY. Lose no time; be always employ’d in something useful; cut off 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 uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation.”
  11. “TRANQUILLITY. 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.”

Franklin would especially focus on one virtue each week by placing that virtue at the top that week’s chart and including a “short precept” to explain its meaning. Thus, after 13 weeks he had moved through all 13 virtues and would then start the process over again.

http://www.thirteenvirtues.com/

*Instead of 13 weeks, try this just today. Keep track throughout the day and see if you can attain moral perfection (in the eyes of the boozing and womanizing Benjamin Franklin.) If you like it, go ahead and try it for the next 13 weeks.

BODY

Dwyane Wade 1982

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http://dwyanewade.com/

The Wade’s World Foundation provides support to community-based organizations that promote education, health and social skills for children in at-risk situations. Dwyane was inspired to start the foundation because he wanted to give back to underserved communities and support issues of purpose. “I can’t just let basketball define who I am and what I am supposed to become,” said Wade. “Like my mother always tells me, ‘My life is bigger than basketball.’”

Work on the following skills in all directions for specified duration. Maintain high intensity throughout.

  • One-Dribble Pull-Up Shots
    • Two-Dribble Pull-Up Shots
    • Change-of-Direction Dribbling
    • Free Throws
    • Full-Court Dribbling
    • Drives to the Hoop

Duration: 45-60 minutes

http://www.stack.com/a/dwyane-wades-on-court-skills-and-weight-room-training

Preparation Leads to Domination

http://dwyanewade.com/lifestyle/fitness/

*Hopefully the gym you belong to has a basketball court. If not, maybe the local high school or YMCA is your best bet to prepare for domination on the court like NBA superstar Dwyane Wade. Practice his skill work and show off those skills in a game of pick up.

SOUL

Muhammed Ali 1942

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https://muhammadali.com/

https://archive.org/stream/TheSoulOfAButterfly-MuhammadAli/muhammad_ali_djvu.txt

We have one life; it soon will be past; what we do for God is all that will last.

You and I have been created for a divine purpose. Have you discovered what yours is?

This is not a question about religion, but rather about a responsibility we have as humans while planted here on planet earth.

Find your purpose. Fulfill your purpose. Nothing worse than getting to the end of your life not fulfilling your calling and applying your potential.

https://www.motivationalmemo.com/10-life-lessons-from-muhammad-ali/

ALI’S RECIPE FOR LIFE

What would you like people to think about you when you are gone?

“I’D LIKE FOR THEM TO SAY.
HE TOOK A FEW CUPS OF LOVE.
HE TOOK ONE TABLESPOON OF PATIENCE,
ONE TEASPOON OF GENEROSITY,
ONE PINT OF KINDNESS;
HE TOOK ONE QUART OF LAUGHTER,
ONE PINCH OF CONCERN
AND THEN HE MIXED WILLINGNESS
WITH HAPPINESS.
HE ADDED LOTS OF FAITH,
AND HE STIRRED IT UP WELL.
THEN HE SPREAD IT OVER A SPAN OF
A LIFETIME, AND HE SERVED IT TO
EACH AND EVERY DESERVING

PERSON HE MET.”

THE ALI CENTER

The mission of the Muhammad Ali Center is to preserve and share the legacy and ideals of Muhammad Ali, to promote respect, hope, and understanding, and to inspire adults and children everywhere to be as great as they can be.

The Ali Center is a cultural Center that promotes the six core principles of Muhammad Ali (Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality) to achieve personal and global greatness, and provides programming and events around these principles.

Your donation to the Muhammad Ali Center – whether $20 or $20,000 – makes an impact.

Your gift will support…

  • Educational and community outreach programs
  • Museum operations
  • Temporary exhibits
  • Mission-based efforts

Make a gift today and join others who see the importance of preserving and sharing the legacy of Muhammad Ali.

https://alicenter.org/donate/

*An overload of soulful inspiration from Muhammad Ali. Pick what you like best to help inspire you today. As for me, this is my favorite – “This is not a question about religion, but rather about a responsibility we have as humans while planted here on planet earth.”

MONEY

Jim Carrey 1962

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https://twitter.com/jimcarrey

“I hope everybody could get rich and famous and will have everything they ever dreamed of, so they will know that it’s not the answer.” – Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey means that everyone chases money, wealth, success and fame, thinking it will bring them happiness.  Once they attain it, the person sits there and thinks “That’s it?  That’s what all the hype was about?  I don’t feel happy.  I don’t feel fulfilled.  I don’t feel anything.”

https://www.quora.com/What-does-Jim-Carrey-actually-mean-when-he-says-I-think-everybody-should-get-rich-and-famous-and-do-everything-they-ever-dreamed-of-so-they-can-see-that-its-not-the-answer

*Investing in people as opposed to trying to impress people will leave a lasting effect through eternity whereas fame and money will be quickly fleeting.

ENTERTAINMENT

James Earl Jones 1931 – watch The Great White Hope

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http://www.achievement.org/achiever/james-earl-jones/

https://www.stutteringhelp.org/famous-people/james-earl-jones

The Great White Hope was shot on the 20th Century-Fox lot, using the sets which had recently been created for Hello, Dolly! (1968), and at various locations in Globe, Arizona and Barcelona, Spain. Jones remembered filming in Barcelona in his autobiography, Voices Chosen, “In Barcelona there was the tension of the Franco regime, and Marty Ritt could not be comfortable in Spain, even though the Spanish people themselves were wonderful. It seemed as if they had democratized themselves on a spiritual and human level in spite of Franco and the fascist regime, and there was great prosperity as long as the labor movements stayed in line. […] I took photographs on the set. There were throngs of extras. Spanish soldiers were given ties, jackets, and straw hats, and marched in by the regiment for crowd scenes. On my birthday that January 1970, five thousand people sang “Happy Birthday” to me in Spanish in the Barcelona stadium. ”

http://www.tcm.com/this-month/article/219453%7C0/The-Great-White-Hope.html

https://www.amazon.com/Great-White-Hope-James-Jones/dp/B00066FABM

*Of course you could watch James Earl Jones as Darth Vader, but instead watch him almost win an Oscar in The Great White Hope.

FOOD

Michelle Obama 1964 – Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Image result for michelle obama cooking

https://twitter.com/MichelleObama?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Former first lady Michelle Obama might find some of the latest actions by the Trump administration pretty difficult to stomach.

On Monday newly minted Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced a rollback of school lunch standards championed by the former first lady, declaring at a Virginia school that the administration would “Make School Meals Great Again.”

https://www.npr.org/2017/05/01/526451207/trump-administration-rolls-back-2-of-michelle-obamas-signature-initiatives

Mrs. Obama says that this is Sasha and Malia’s favorite.

http://www.popsugar.com/food/Michelle-Obama-Cauliflower-Mac-Cheese-Recipe-23243043

*Make the First Cauliflower Mac and Cheese and enjoy it while watching The Great White Hope. Yes you can.

What a day! I believe this to be the best day of 365DOLF.

SNUB – Betty White 1922

Review –

  • Strive for moral perfection
  • D-Wade skills
  • Follow Ali’s recipe for life
  • Invest in people
  • Watch The Great White Hope
  • Make cauliflower mac and cheese

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Travis Jones

I was born in Northwestern Pennsylvania and lived in a trailer park. I was raised by very conservative and religious (Wesleyan Methodist) parents. By some miracle I graduated college and moved to Florida. I have been a public school teacher since 1995. I have 7 years until I can retire. I was married in 1999 and divorced in 2001. I remarried in 2017 to Kate - 21 years my junior. Some of my life experiences as a 46-year-old, white American male, will come through in my writing, but the majority of this daily journey will be dedicated to improving myself, and hopefully you as well.

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