I love the early start of September. I can hear the children screaming and laughing in the school park next to us as the Summer breeze mixes with Fall scents. It’s the perfect weather for a hammock in the backyard under a tree, a blanket for the chilly moments and a book to keep my mind in full adventure of new worlds. But mostly, I just close my eyes and listen to the sounds all around. I love to embrace these moments. They seem to come and go so quickly.
September feels, to me, more of a new year than any other time of the year. The kids are back in their schools, traffic is back to its horrific state, my work schedule is once again packed with excited students ready to try harder than last year. There’s always that initial reaction to impress, try harder and discipline ourselves for real.
If it was not for my mother I would never had continued to play the piano and come to, what I now know as, my destiny
She was there after school telling me to go practice the moment I walked through the door. I was allowed to have a quick snack, but before I did anything (even my homework!) I was on the piano practicing some tough scales and melodic pieces. Of course as a kid I just wanted to go outside and play with my friends, watch tv, or play video games with my brother. But as I grew into a teenager I began to admit how much I actually enjoyed playing the piano. Soon she no longer needed to remind me of practicing.
Instead I found her watching from the doorway with a smile on her face. Both my parents encouraging my growing talent which would some day become my career.
In that time I learned what it meant to be disciplined.
Discipline is defined by dictionary.com as: “Activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill; training: A daily stint at the typewriter is excellent discipline for a writer.”
Have you ever been pushed to do something that was not always easy? Maybe you’ve had experience as a child taking music lessons and your parents urging you to practice every day. Maybe it was something else, playing sports and heading to practice three times a week!
Discipline is not defined as “Doing what we love”, but rather doing something even if we don’t feel like it.
My husband has decided to take up running in the wee hours of the morning. Not for the health factor, or the thrill of getting his heart pumping, but merely for discipline. He purposely chose something he was not entirely interested in because he wanted to learn the art of discipline. Intense? Trust me, I know.
I found it InSpiRaTioNaL.
I began to think of my own life and what in my life needed discipline. As a musician I feel there is always room for improvement: more practice, more teaching, more writing songs, more networking with other artists…. Then there’s the rest of life; Not putting sugar in my tea, eating peppered cucumbers instead of indulging in potato chips, going for a walk instead sitting on the patio, reading my Bible instead of watching my favourite TV series, etc…
What is it in your life that you find it difficult to be disciplined?
Maybe you’re addicted to sugar and you’ve been telling yourself every year “I’m going on a diet!” and discouragingly at the end of the year you’ve not only failed but have actually gained weight.
Maybe it’s a dream that you’ve been too afraid to run after. Want to be an international pilot? Go get those flying lessons! Do it before you regret it! It will take discipline. You’ll need to read the manual and memorize for your tests just like any other student but trust me, it will be worth it.
It’s time to dream up some new goals for this “new year” and discipline ourselves! Find someone you are close to whom you talk to often and ask them to keep you accountable (it’s always better when we know someone is expecting from us!).
What is it in your life that you dream to accomplish? What will it take?
Whatever it is, it will take discipline. So here’s an encouragement for you: GO FOR IT. Discipline yourself! Have someone hold you accountable.
You can do it! We’re all in this together.