In America’s early years, virtues encouraged a well organized and consistent lifestyle. Benjamin Franklin held to the 13 virtues as a means to being a well civilized and educated individual.
We all know the 4 pillars of OKWU, but here are the 13 virtues of OKWU (courtesy of Mr. Franklin):
Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.
Lose no time; be always employ’d in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths [sic], or habitation.
Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
Never [use sex]…to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.
Imitate Jesus and Socrates.
Do not over-indulge in the delight of cafeteria food (or late night Taco Bell).
Listen and you shall learn. Also, think of others and remember quiet hours.
Be organized, in your dorm, study and do homework. Be prepared for anything (even that pop quiz)!
Resolve to uphold your OKWU responsibilities. Go to class, do your homework, study on time, be consistent.
College life=Broke life. Learn how to budget.
Be wise about how you spend your time. Engage in productive activities that add to your time at OKWU.
Be decisive about word choice- use your words as a way to uplift the voice of God and for the well-being of others.
Take responsibly for your actions.
Stay mindful of your place in God’s journey for you, He knows what He’s doing, he brought you to OKWU, after all!
Good hygiene=the good life! Brush your teeth, clean your dorm, and yes– do laundry!
Stay focused, be determined and you’ll nail that midterm exam! Take time and spend it with God and gain peace in return.
Respect yourself and others, you are God’s temple.
Grow your love for Jesus and OKWU!