'Your life, my life, the life of each one of us is going to serve as either a warning or an example. A warning of the consequences of neglect, self-pity, lack of direction and ambition... or an example of talent put to use, of discipline self-imposed, and of objectives clearly perceived and intensely pursued.' Jim Rohn
Discipline has become a naughty word in my life. I've realised that it's become a form of punishment in my mind - if I'm naughty, then I have to have some discipline until I learn to be a good girl again. Wow. Treating God's goodness like the naughty step. Not a great image, when I think of it like that.
In the not-so-distant past I've wanted to get all angry and upset whenever my mum has said to me 'you just need will power', 'you need discipline'. Okay, I know that when it comes to accepting parental advice, it doesn't always come naturally to many of us. But I was thinking about this when I came across the start of Proverbs, which talks about wearing the wisdom of your parents like a garland around your neck. It made me think of a Hawaian lai (if that's how you spell it). This beautiful garland of flowers is given as a gift to a visitor, it's a sign of love, of welcome, of acceptance. I am really challenged by this. How different would my mindset be if I saw advice, including references to discipline, as a present, carefully crafted by the giver and meant to show how loved I am by them.
I'm not quite sure yet how I'm going to do this, so I think this needs some God-involvement (I can almost hear the heavenly sigh of relief as they see that I'm not going to 'go it alone' for once, and then get frustrated when I fail). I need a new perspective on both receiving the advice of others and then making the personal choice of discipline. This is a subject I need time to think about more - for once, writing isn't helping me reach all of the necessary conclusions. Or maybe that's because this isn't a problem I can fix myself, and therefore about which I can predict the outcomes. But I hate the idea that my life would be a warning - what an awful prospect. Yet I can see how easily, when time is not taken and objectives not defined and pursued, this could happen without any intention.
Bit of a rambling blog today - I suspect this means it's a subject I will revisit in the not-too-distant future.