Day 6: Disciplined
Whether we like it or not, there come times when we all must buckle down and simply complete what requires completion, whether that is studying for an important exam, committing to the next round of radiation, or running the next five miles. At times like that, we can meet the limits of our inspiration or willpower. Things that are exciting at the beginning are often less so later on. Constraints on our behavior that seem manageable at first can seem challenging as time goes on. Thankfully, we don't have to rely only on our limited wells of inspiration or willpower. Instead, we can turn to discipline, a trait that can be honed and whose supply of endurance is nearly endless.
I recognize that my ability to reach my goals or accomplish important tasks is almost unlimited when I thoughtfully and consistently apply my efforts. Through this consistent action, I can wear through difficulties like water wears through stone. I release my need to take a sledgehammer to life, recognizing that life may only be asking that I continually, regularly, and mindfully show up with only a rock pick. I believe that discipline is something that I can hone over time with practice. I believe that I can show up again tomorrow. I believe that my small efforts are like tiny droplets of rain which will someday grow into a force profound enough to burst through whatever physical, emotional, financial or spiritual dam has built up in front of me.
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I was inspired to create this page in memory of a dear friend I lost to suicide. She inspired me all of the time with her writing, which she shared with the world as one of the earliest recognizable "bloggers." I'm saving this page for thirty-one days of little pick me ups, in the hope that they might help someone else somewhere lift themselves up when they are feeling low.