Monday, Aug. 22, 2016
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly.
If we think of the word discipline, we might visualize forms of punishment or reprimand from teachers, parents, or bosses. Yet discipline doesn’t have to be negative or an effort in blood, sweat, and tears. Discipline can be the structure we need in order to achieve our goals.
Within the program are disciplines to follow to achieve our goal of a renewed outlook on life. The Steps are probably the greatest discipline, for they provide a framework to formulate more positive beliefs about ourselves and our lives. Going to meetings is another discipline that helps keep us on track as we learn and grow. There are other disciplines, too – sharing with others, reading literature, becoming committed to a group, and practicing the program’s principles in all our affairs. All these disciplines keep us focused on our ultimate goal — freedom from all past obsessions and negativity. With the discipline of the program, we can learn to fly.
I can discipline myself to remain focused on the program. I know the benefits of such discipline.
You are reading from the book:
Night Light by Amy E. Dean. © 1986, 1992 by Hazelden Foundation