It’s funny. When I googled the definition of discipline – the most prevalent definitions that popped up involved some form of training “through the use of punishment or forced obedience“. Why does the concept of being disciplined or having discipline — infer that it was achieved through punishment?? Is that how becoming disciplined happens?
Whenever I think of discipline, I cant help but picture someone Japanese. Like a samurai. Over the weekend I saw the Tom Cruise movie, “The Last Samurai” — and that movie was lovely, stunning, sad, and deep. I know it’s “Hollywood”, but the movie theme touched a chord with me. Discipline. It didn’t seem to come through punishment for the samurai. It came naturally. It came through the act of “Doing”. “Doing” and “doing again”……searcing for the art of perfection at whatever they did. Sword play, bow and arrow, war…yes….but also in pouring tea, bathing, housekeeping, dressing. Discipline. To continue “doing” until you perfect your art, your craft. There was such a sense of satisfaction and peace that came with “Doing”. All the unsettled anxiety and inner torture that comes from “not Doing”…..appears to just fade away. I think….the “doing” must kill the anxiety of “whether you can do it or not.” That anxiety serves no purpose anymore. When you are already “doing”…..what’s to worry about?
I finally found the definition I was expecting — or, I should say…. the one that best fit my expectation — ie, what the “word” meant to me.
discipline: training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character
Ahhhh HA! Discipline, the art of “doing with habit” — is exercise for the mind!!! THIS makes sooo much sense to me, it’s not even funny. This is why — when I was running religiously, (or shall I say, “with discipline”) during my Marathon training — my mind became rock solid. Oh sure, I had my doubts — but I conquered them on a daily basis. Like kicking stones out of my way on the street. I expected to conquer them. Everyday. No oatmeal between the ears. I became a warrior. A samurai of the road.
So today — I’ve decided to begin again with a disciplined approach. Do Not Try. Just Do! And then do it again. And again. Until you can’t remember a time when you didn’t “do” it.
Ciao for now….Diane