Discipline. What does it mean to me? I was asked that yesterday by someone who’s opinion, demeanor, and advice I highly respect, none other than my Aunt D. So, I can’t simply Google it like I do for most things. I really had to come up with something good, from my heart and own meaning. I thought to myself, wow!
Discipline!! This is exactly what I need to be thinking about right now, as I am on the first week of a very important spiritual journey, along with honoring the intentions I made for this New Year!!!
We automatically think of discipline as when we were children, spankings and punishment, or how we discipline our own children now. Or, in school…do you remember how many times you had to write the times tables, over and over, and over again?
I actually stuck gum under my desk in class one day (yes, I know gross!!) and I had to write 100 times,”I will not put gum underneath my desk.” I was smart, or thought I was and paid my neighbor to do it for me, and without thinking, turned it in. My neighbor forgot the period, it was 5th grade English, and my teacher realized it was not my writing!! I stayed after for detention for two weeks writing, I learned two lessons that week, “I will not put gum underneath my desk period.” And, “I will not turn in work that is not my own.”
Ahhh, but discipline is not about the past or future, or anyone else!! It’s about ourselves, today!!This is how we learn discipline as children, however, as adults what does it mean? Well, Aunt D was impressed by my response, so I will share it.
Diligence is what discipline means to me. It is the, “constant and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken; persistent exertion of body or mind.” It’s all about having the mental stamina to continue with and see through what you have started.
It’s having loyalty and stability.
These things are all a big part of living a successful life and moving on with your goals. Discipline to be on time, to create new healthy habits and toss out the old ones!!
We discipline ourselves as adults, many times not enough, in order to be mentally and physically prepared for what may come our way. It’s how we don’t give up, and how we go get it!!
There is no questioning are own will to choose, good or bad, right or wrong, follow through or give up.
Discipline is simply, “choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” Unknown.
Please comment and share your thoughts, inspirations and what Discipline means to you!!