Discipline

I hated that word.

As an adolescent, I translated that word into meaning an external force telling me what to do.

That is probably typical for that stage of growth. Especially when you grew up with discipline as a reaction rather than a way of life.

Some would say I matured. But I discovered that without some sort of discipline in my life, I was not going to finish college.

As I read the spiritual fathers and mothers of various faiths, I discovered spiritual disciplines that take the concept to the next level.

It is simply a practice of doing certain things for certain outcomes.

There, I just substituted the word practice. I could also say habits intentionally developed.

I decided to grow my mind and intellect. I have the practice of reading–a lot.

I decided to grow spiritually. I have the practices of study and meditation.

I decided to have as healthy a physical body as possible. I have the practices of going to the gym, exercising, Yoga. The nutrition part is still a work in process 😉

These are just examples. I’m not telling you what to do. I don’t like someone telling me what to do, and I don’t like telling others what to do or believe.

But perhaps we could all look into ways of improving our inner disciplines in the coming year. A little at a time.

One Response to “Discipline”

  1. josephruizjr Says:

    I associated “discipline” with punishment. I’m currently working on my three words for 2019 and discipline is in the running. Thanks for your consistent thoughts Gary. Reading your posts is part of my daily “discipline”.

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