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Discipline is a Cardinal Virtue

November 26, 2017

 

This is the statement that came to mind. I sat down in Kyle, TX in a stone cottage to reflect on the day.

 

I ended up reflecting on the two-day trip. And quickly saw the past several weeks go through my head.

 

Often, I will state I need to learn how to slow down. Action is easy for me and purpose can be harder.

 

Yet I don’t think this is a bad thing or something that needs to be corrected. Too much dawdling over purpose leaves me passive, handcuffed between too many ideas and not enough decisions.

 

Ideas being that of thoughts and decisions leading to action on the thought. In action, I have an outlet to see my creations become a reality. 

 

I create an avenue to receive purpose in what I’m doing. I can experience love by having family over for the holidays, passion for continuing towards doing what I love in life, foresight by mapping out what 2018 looks like to me.

 

Vivekananda, the 19th century mystic said, “Character is repeated habits, and repeated habits alone can reform character.” If you haven’t thought about what you would like to change about your lifestyle in 2018, it’s a step in the right direction to start. 

 

In doing so, remember the statement discipline is a cardinal virtue. It may help to stray you from Netflix at night to creating a habit of meditation. 

 

If you have many ideas in your head right now (like I can have), start by journaling about how you feel and what happened in your day. Eventually, what you want will come out on the paper.

 

Many people who I look to as mentors journal, men and woman. It can be used as the first action step toward your next creation.

 

It will also help you make a plan so all you need to do is execute, learning when to be flexible and when to stick to the plan in the process. This is a huge lesson in any endeavor. 

 

It’s a lot easier to have a blueprint for what you want. It’s also great to identify what tools you’ll need. 

 

Structure and discipline lead to joyful living. This seems like a 1+3=7 type of equation.  

 

But it’s not. Like most truths in life, it is the perceived opposite of what reason says makes sense. 

 

Happy Holidays to you and yours. 

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