The Year of Living Virtuously: A Meditation on the Search for Meaning in an Ordinary Life.pdf
It was Benjamin Franklin who came up with the list - temperance, silence, order, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, tranquility, chastity, humility. Then, for a year writer and visual artist Teresa Jordan sought to live it, taking weekends off. In the journal she kept, Jordan records her struggles with living in accordance with those perhaps antiquainted notions of virtue, as well as the temptations of the seven deadly sins. Those meditations became this collection of beautifully illustrated essays devoted to her quest to find meaning in what she calls her "ordinary life." Here the personal anecdote is interwoven with the thoughts of theologians, philosophers, scholars and scientists, including an evolutionary biologist. Though she claims to never have aspired to moral perfection, Jordon admits she did at times become all but obsessed with certain regimes concerning time management or diet and exercise. Benjamin Franklin charted his own progress by weekly entry, observing - in his 79th year - "I was supris'd to find myself so much fuller of faults than I had imagined." Teresa Jordan offers a wry and intimate look at one individual devoting one year in the middle of her life to the challenge of trying to live authentically and with holistic concern for those around us.
Teresa Jordan was raised as part of the fourth generation on a cattle ranch in the Iron Mountain country of southeast Wyoming and has written or edited seven books about Western rural life, culture, and the environment, including the memoir "Riding the White Horse Home" and the classic study of women on ranches and in the rodeo, "Cowgirls: Women of the American West." The recipient of the Western Heritage Award from the Cowboy Hall of Fame for scriptwriting and a literary fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts as well as many other literary awards, her most recent book is "Fieldnotes from Yosemite," the second volume in her series of "Sketchbook Expeditions."