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Every individual has a place to fill in the world and is important in some respect, whether he chooses to be so or not.
-- Nathaniel Hawthorne


Thursday, June 27, 1996

The Power of Discipline

Discipline gives us the means to enjoy life. Some would say that discipline is limiting, that the spirit should be free from any kind of rules or limits so as to foster creativity. But creativity without focus, without skills, is wasted. Without a disciplined understanding of light and perspective, the artist cannot express herself. Without disciplined study of language and culture, the writer cannot adequately convey his insight. Without disciplined knowledge of chords and rhythms, the musician cannot express his creativity.

Discipline gives life a context. It is not confining, but rather is enabling. Without discipline there is confusion. Yes, your spirit can soar without discipline, but it cannot stay aloft for long that way. Discipline is the foundation for accomplishment.

Discipline is not ever the easiest option. It is a full time activity. You can’t just be disciplined in one area of your life -- true discipline must be consistent.

Remember that for every disciplined effort, there are multiple rewards. A life of discipline leads to a constant upward spiral of achievement. Look around your life, see what needs to be done, and do it now. That’s discipline.

— Ralph Marston

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