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Discipline

Discipline

I’ve always admired people who have goals.

Goals come to me much in the same way as sinus infections: about once a year, and they’re always a doozy.

Last year, my great goal was to get organized.  I was staying with my twin sister when it overtook me.  It was New Year’s Day, and while she was wisely sleeping in, I woke up early to scour the Internet, trying to research my way into better organization.  I think my sister could sense my new, better organized energy because later that morning, she came into the guest room with a book on organization all ready for me.  (She has a library degree).  “Look!” I declared, with the zeal of a new convert.  “This is how I’m going to organize my work email!”  “Uh-huh,” she said.  She knows I have many enthusiasms, and many of them don’t last.

So, goals often elude me.  But discipline doesn’t.

Inherently, I don’t like that word.  Nothing about it appeals to me, except that I do have discipline.  I’ve maintained a daily prayer practice for almost a decade.  Some days I can’t wait to pray.  Most days it’s just a routine.  But when I have a sinus infection, or something else comes up, I miss my discipline like it’s a member of my own family.  I notice its absence; I long for its return.

To all the Myers-Briggs P’s and J’s out there; in other words, to all humans—may you find some discipline that orders your day and grounds your life.

~SH

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