"But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified." ... 1 Corinthians 9:27
Man, my 'never assume anything lessons' just never stop. (Well, if I'd remember them, they might. sigh.)
I didn't actually measure my gardening shoes before pacing-off our hedges so now it turns out I'd been conquering 100 feet of hedges(!) these 8 years, not 60.
And now the hedge guys are here to rip them out at a more expensive cost.(What a huge, messy, time-consuming job.)
But still, next time I pace something? I'll measure my shoes, first. Live and learn: the story of my life.
Tom arrived home from a new doctor, reeling. He must change his eating and lifestyle, that is, if he wishes to feel well.
I had to calm him down, saying, "Hey. First, you'll need to accept this. I've become an expert in acceptance over the past 3 years, especially, so welcome to my world! It's a process, it can be painful and it takes time. But it makes Life brighter on its other side."
And did you know that slippery elm is one of the more natural remedies for GERD? ツ
My last 3 years of acceptance brought with them a new appreciation of what happens when you finally use self-discipline.
The ability to control one's feelings and overcome one's weaknesses; the ability to pursue what one thinks is right despite temptations to abandon it.
(Oooo, that's good.)
If we can just stick with a thing long enough to finish it! To make it a habit, a lifestyle. Wow, Life becomes less frenzied, disorganized and our heads (and others) stop nagging us so much.
I know this now, firsthand.
When I practice discipline--
My house stays cleaner (with consistency, one need not scrub stuff or rent dumpsters. Think about it.).
My important daily tasks (online and otherwise) get completed (this still shocks me).
My pieced-together wardrobe pleases me; it's a joy to dress (ditto).
I remember to exercise (big-time ditto).
I have much leftover time to relax, read and play.
Many people try new helpful things for 1 week, perhaps 2, and if huge changes don't happen? They quit. Accept defeat. Take a miracle-promising pill, a super drink or spend tons of money where a tiny bit would've sufficed had they searched longer or --- .
Self-discipline doesn't look like that.
It searches for answers, even if it requires months.
It reads, learns about new ideas, methods, then practices them.
It keeps what works, discards what doesn't.
It hops out of the Status Quo Box so to view things differently.
It uses wisdom.
It moves forward, even in inches because they count. All inches matter.
And then? Self-discipline walks us to the perfect place in the road where God will find us, prepared, having lived a wonderful life--
--to then keep on walking home with Him.
"Wisdom is doing today what you'll be satisfied with later on." --- Joyce Meyer
Oh wow! Did you know vinyl record sales are poised to outsell CD's for the first time since 1986?
My vintage-stuff-loving-heart found that very cool.
Remember when, last December, I walked over and spoke with our new neighbor, Marsha?
Well, she's moving already! Sold her house in just 4 or 5 days. When I visited Neighbor Sally she told me Marsha had received a job transfer. sigh.
Anyway, I liked the photos online of her house, especially of her couch which makes me think, next time? Perhaps we'll buy a turquoise couch, though a darker shade. (I do love blue lately, especially anything close to Prussian blue.)
P.S. Woo hoo! The hedges are completely gone. And though it's a little sad, still, my life became easier today and--at 60 now--I needed that. I
"For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15