“Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.”
This quote came up in a conversation a week or so ago, and felt astonishingly appropriate. June has been my month of reclaiming self-discipline, something I let slide rather badly this year.
I am pleased with how I have done so far. I have been in shrine all but two days so far this month; one of those days was the final day of my cycle, the other I was traveling. I have been very present in shrine, too. My focus has been on the gods – and when it hasn’t been, I’ve been able to catch myself and reorient my attention. To all that, I say Nekhtet!
I have developed a greater sense of discipline in keeping my space clean and uncluttered, which is great. I put things away as soon as I am finished with them. All my belongings have a place.
I am making progress with my work ethic as well, though it’s not quite as refined as other areas. I have developed a better system for managing my emails and communication wih students. I am getting better at being present with students during lessons, and not zoning out while they’re practicing.
Still, my one failure this month remains in physical discipline. I wanted to use this month to begin a fitness regimen for myself. I have not done anything toward that goal, aside from poking my head in at a local gym. I have a lot of little fiddly details to conquer in this area which I don’t want to make public here; suffice it to say this will be the focus of a lot of attention in the future.
So, discipline is possible. It is one of my offerings to the gods – and I believe They appreciate the effort.
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