For a Limited Time

We’re surrounded on a daily basis with advertisements that say “Act Now,” only available “For a Limited Time.” The goal is to make the consumer believe they can’t live without the product or that your life will be enhanced if you have this product RIGHT NOW.
All of that got to me thinking about our life here on earth. Most of the time we walk around with the attitude that we have plenty of time (at least I do). Even after two bouts with cancer, I still feel like I have a long life in front of me. And maybe I do. Only God knows how long I have here.

But most of us also know of someone we lost way too soon, whether it be to cancer, an accident or any other cause. Thinking about a life gone too soon makes all of us not want to take our own lives for granted or throw away the time we have to spend.

We are all on this earth “for a limited time.” So, what are you doing with your limited time?

There are days when I feel like I’m wasting time, throwing away those precious days. If we truly believe we are here for a limited time, then what’s stopping us from achieving our goals? Calling a friend? Telling a family member that you love them?

Our life is precious — let’s make it count, for our limited time.

Discipline — part 2

Last week, I wrote a post entitled “Discipline is not a dirty word.”  You can find it here:

I received some good, thought provoking responses to that blog that I’d like to share:

“‘Discipline’ is so misunderstood! Maybe we should look at it as a way of training ourselves to reach our potential. Guidance and facilitation from our elders are needed initially in this process, but ultimately, isn’t discipline an internal journey?”

“Why, indeed, do we balk at what we know is good for us? I think we rebel against ourselves. And against the voices of authority in our heads.”

“It’s discipline, not desire, that changes things”.

I like these thoughts. They can be positive mantras in our world:

1. Discipline is training ourselves to reach our potential. (We’ll see tons of evidence of that as the Olympics open this week).

2. Don’t balk at what’s good for us.

3. It’s discipline, not desire, that changes things.  Although you need to have the desire to dream and the courage to pursue it through a disciplined life.

What do you think?  What positives can we take by being more disciplined in our lives, by striving to reach our best.  How do we make the internal journey something that shines outwardly? I’d love to hear your ideas!