Self Assessment for the New Year.

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As the New Year arrived, it is time to take stock of things and plan for the year ahead. I want to start with a self-appraisal of myself, find my strengths and weaknesses. I thought it'd be prudent to use Jefferson's list of virtues and measure myself on a scale of zero to ten. Here goes.

Temperance.

By temperance, I understand moderation. Fortunately, it has been my credo all my life, and I never crossed the lines I had drawn myself in all my habits and dealings. Here, I'd like to draw the attention of my readers to my blogs 'Smoking and I' and ' The Art and Craft of Drinking.' I think I can give 7 and need not contemplate wasting my time and effort in this regard.

Silence.

I am not loquacious nor do I suffer from verbal diarrhea. I am trained to be reticent and keep my communications brief lest I divulge some confidential information. I speak only when I am spoken to and do not believe in unsolicited advice. This is not to say I am all two goody shoes as I tend to open up when I have a couple of drinks. My reticence takes a back seat and I express my opinions on all subjects under the sun irrespective of my knowledge or lack of it about it. Now I must learn to keep my opinions to myself even when I am under the influence of liquor. I rate myself 6 and must try to improve it.

Order

Thanks to my training and experience in the Navy, I am quite an organized man and keep my affairs in order. I believe every item, irrespective of its importance, needs to be kept in its proper place and when the occasion demands so should every person when he crosses swords with me. I don't like to be messed with, and I don't go on messing others. I believe in living and let live and a peaceful life. I have few enemies, but I hate the people I don't like. I do not claim to have achieved any great success, but compared to my friends and family members who started life with me I have fared better than most of them. I think I can give 8 here.

Resolution

I believed I had an excellent will power and determination, but I found myself wanting for some time. Prior to my wife's demise, I used to make a habit of writing three thousand words a day and advocate this habit to all my friends. Unfortunately, my wife's prolonged sickness and her demise had taken a heavy toll on my creativity. It's more than two years since she died, but I am yet to regain my pace of writing. Earlier I used to find humor in every incident I was involved, but now humor has deserted me. I go with a frown on my face and rarely smile. Here I cannot rate myself more than 4 and have to work to regain my determination to be a writer of repute. I doubt whether I would succeed, but this should be my first resolution for this year.

Frugality

I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth nor did I run into any fortune or legacy in my life. I earned my money by sheer hard work and saved any money whenever possible. I enjoyed life within the means at my disposal avoiding unnecessary expenses. Thanks to my savings I am able to spend my retired life with few or no hassles. Secondly frugality is a habit to be acquired over some years. If I had not cultivated this profitable practice by now, it is too late to try to get it now. Rating in this aspect serves no purpose, and no resolution for the new year is warranted.

Industry

This is also a habit one acquires in life as he ages. Except for the few industrious, men are generally lazy and are prone to procrastinate things. I also used to be lazy, but my work in the Navy required meeting deadlines, and I was never faulted for missing a deadline. I have always managed to get things done at the last minute. Now I have no deadlines to meet, and I can work at the pace I want. Here is another virtue that needs no assessment and resolution.

Sincerity

I believe I am sincere in whatever I do and in my relations with my family and friends. However, this is a subjective statement, and it is best left to others to judge me in this aspect. I am, therefore, leaving it to my readers to rate me in this virtue. My blog 'How to make enemies at Wikinut' is relevant.

Justice

This defies definition for every person, including criminals, thinks he is just and what he is doing is according to the principles of some form of justice. Even a murderer feels the victim deserves to die, and to let him live would indeed be unjust. I am sure most of us rate ourselves close to ten and brooks no dissent.

Cleanliness

Here Jefferson must have meant clean thoughts for cleanliness of the surroundings surely would have been of little concern to him. The world has changed since the wise man wrote this virtue. Today a person is exposed to several attractive things to covet. It's much easier to keep a spotless home than a mind free from any taint. No matter how righteous a person is, he gets subsumed by thoughts salacious or guided by one of the primary instincts. It would tantamount to cheating if one believes he can keep his mind thoroughly clean at all times. I, for one, cannot help my thoughts going astray when I see an attractive, shapely woman. There is no point in assessing oneself in this virtue.

Tranquility

This word has a connotation far different from what it was during Jefferson's time. The most common meaning is associated with drugs that instill a calmness and relieve all kinds of stress. Except in few countries and a couple states in the USA use of these drugs is likely to get one behind the bars. It's best to leave tranquility alone.

Other virtues

Humility.
Humility is the requirement for people who have something to write home about. Instead of blowing their trumpet and displaying their hubris at every opportunity, they should remain humble and show humility. Fortunately, this does not concern me as I had no achievement that would cause arrogance.

Chastity.
Here, the old man must have meant purity of thought as it has little or no meaning for a person who is well advanced in years. In such cases, the spirit may be willing but the flesh will be weak. Chastity of thought is cleverly concealed by persons even with impure thoughts. They sugarcoat their words or speak with candy in their mouth and hide their real thoughts. I rate myself at 8.

Conclusion.

Conclusion.
Jefferson was a wise man but much water has flown in the Potomac since he wrote his list of virtues. Some of them have lost their relevance while a few have a new connotation now. However, his yardstick is universally acceptable. I am glad I get just above five on the scale. I am still a work in progress, but I have only few years left to complete the work. I will try to achieve a six by the end of this year. So God help me.



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I am a retired naval officer and a published author with three books to my credit. I am a winner of nanowrimo competition for 2008,9, &10. I like humor best..

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author avatar viewgreen
3rd Jan 2015 (#)

Awesome article "New Year" topic and thank you for sharing this valuable information. Have a great day. :)

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
3rd Jan 2015 (#)

My dear viewgreen,
Many thanks for your comment. Have a great New Year.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
4th Jan 2015 (#)

It is very hard for one to judge ones self so openly and honestly as I think you have done Rama. All the best for 2015

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
4th Jan 2015 (#)

My dear Mark,
Many thanks for your appreciation and good wishes for 2015. I wish you A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.

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author avatar Retired
4th Jan 2015 (#)

Wonderful share, my friend. Ditto what Mark said! Impressive article and great list of qualities too. I love that quote about humility as well. Appreciate your frankness and honesty. Namaste, rd

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
4th Jan 2015 (#)

My dear rd,
Namaste.
First let me wish you A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.
Now, thanks for your wonderful comment. A word of appreciation from you means a lot to me.

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author avatar spirited
5th Jan 2015 (#)

that seems to be an honest and sincere assessment of some of your traits, GV Rama Rao.

I hope you can create some more distance so to speak from the pain of your wife's death and re-develop some of your willpower again.

Happy New Year

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
5th Jan 2015 (#)

My dear spirited,
Many thanks for your comment and wishes for the New Year.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
5th Jan 2015 (#)

New Year is a good occasion to reevaluate ourselves, at least think of how we are doing. Humorous and to the point, thanks GVR for the share. Wish you a Happy New Year - siva

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
5th Jan 2015 (#)

My dear Siva,
Thanks for your comment. I hope I regain my humor.

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author avatar Utah Jay
5th Jan 2015 (#)

I think to keep trying is the trick here, it can very hard to do in a world that has a nasty habit of looking down...The best you in the year coming GV.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
5th Jan 2015 (#)

My dear Utah Jay,
Thanks for your comment and good wishes.

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author avatar M G Singh
12th Jan 2015 (#)

Great and wonderful post

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
12th Jan 2015 (#)

Thank you Madan, Wish you A HAPPY NEW YEAR.

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author avatar M G Singh
12th Jan 2015 (#)

Great and wonderful post

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author avatar GenkiWorld
12th Jan 2015 (#)

doing self sasesments for the new year is great, i did one too, i just didn't set new year resolutions, i rather give myself new year intensions because they are far easier to acomplish.

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author avatar sarosh
1st Feb 2015 (#)

Nice article

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
1st Feb 2015 (#)

My dear Sarosh,
Many thanks for your appreciation.

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