- Control gained by enforcing obedience or order
- Orderly of prescribed conduct or pattern of behavios
Today, Queen Elizabeth II appealed to her nation for self-discipline and resolve today in a rare televised address. If you haven’t heard it, I strongly urge you to do so:
“Discipline” is not a popular word in the States. It denotes both punishment and constraint from personal freedom. And while I deeply admire the “can-do” spirit of the country of my citizenship, I’m often at odds with the notion that sacrificing more immediate pleasures for the sake of the future, or that basing personal action on a sober overview of the larger picture strips us of our freedom or dominion.
I like that “discipline” carries with it a whole host of both positive and negative connotations, that its definition depends on use and context. For me, its implication is nearly universally positive.
I believe in discipline. Because it helps me get things done. Because it gets me up in the morning. Because a sense of discipline and duty creates a purpose for the self, a powerful motivator. Because it has brought be back to my computer, day after day, to write a post, as I promised myself I would.
What does discipline mean to you?
My task today: go on a socially-distanced walk with my friend Lilly. I knew today would be rainy and we’d be unenthused, but that it would be good for both of our spirits (done!)