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Discipline And Desire


Discipline and Desire is about being able to separate the wanting from what is important in your life. For myself this is something that I have learned the hard way. As a Teacher I am trying to spare you this lesson.


The Dictionary says this about: 

Discipline: "train oneself to do something in a controlled and habitual way: every month discipline yourself to go through the file."


In its original sense, discipline is systematic instruction intended to train a person, sometimes literally called Disciple, in a craft, trade or other activity, or to follow a particular code of conduct or "order". Often, the phrase "to discipline" carries a negative connotation. This is because enforcement of order–that is, ensuring instructions are carried out–is often regulated through punishment.

Discipline is the assertion of willpower over more base desires, and is usually understood to be synonymous with self-control.

Self-discipline is to some extent a substitute for motivation, when one uses reason to determine the best course of action that opposes one's desires. Vitreous, behavior is when one's motivations are aligned with one's reasoned aims: to do what one knows is best and to do it gladly. Continent behavior, on the other hand, is when one does what one knows is best, but must do it by opposing one's motivations. Moving from continent to virtuous behavior requires training and some self-discipline.

Desire: strongly wish for or want (something): a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen.

Desire is a sense of longing for a person or object or hoping for an outcome. The same sense is expressed by emotions such as "craving" or "hankering". When a person desires something or someone, their sense of longing is excited by the enjoyment or the thought of the item or person, and they want to take actions to obtain their goal.

The lesson here is for each and everyone of us to decide what most important in their life. It may be family, job, school, wife or other relationships.When you have decided what's important, consider making it a goal to work towards. Life is too short to waste on frivolous things that in the end you come to understand, you where working towards the wrong goals the whole time.

This next paragraph is from the book

I Believe by: Eldon Taylor. 

What is too late? Great thinkers I admire have expressed their thoughts on this question. Elbert Hubbard, whose scrapbook I’ve enjoyed for some 30 years, said, “Everything comes too late for those who only wait.” And Og Mandino, one of my favorite writ- ers, said, “There is an immeasurable distance between late and too late.” What is this “immeasurable distance” and how does it relate to the idea of waiting until it’s too late? Distance is actually a mis- nomer, for the idea is more one of time or action than of physical. 

 Think of it this way: If, on your deathbed, you truly forgive someone for something that you’ve held against him or her for a long time, that person is just as forgiven as he or she would have been many years earlier. As for the relationship that might have been shared with the individual who was forgiven—that’s lost, at least in this lifetime, because you waited. How would you measure the distance between this deathbed scenario with dying bitter and unforgiving? Obviously, in a metaphor, there’s a big difference be tween late and too late. 


Discipline and Desire is not something you should struggle with.

Follow your heart.

Your heart will never lead you astray.


The tender and humane passion in the human heart is too precious a quality to allow it to be hardened or effaced by practices such as we so often indulge in.

RALPH WALDO TRINE


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