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Heartwings Love Notes 812 - The Discipline of Remembering

Heartwings says, "Like it or not we must become our own disciplinarians."

When I was growing up there was always someone around to help me out with discipline. It was often a parent: "Time to go to bed," or a teacher: "Be sure to do your homework in a timely manner." It never occurred to me that these disciplinarians were stand-ins for what comes when we are adults. In my innocence I thought discipline had to come from someone telling me what I had to so, not that one day I would need to tell myself.

I remember thinking how grand it would be to be a grownup with no one to tell me what to do and when to do it. Little did I know then about what I had to remember for myself when there were no more grownups to tell me and I was the grownup. For instance, there is the discipline of deadlines. If I wish I can ignore them though I do so at my peril. There is also the simple discipline of my body, which needs to sleep eat and go to the bathroom, occasionally at inconvenient times.

Unfortunately for my childhood dreams, I need to enforce my own discipline in order to function in the world in an orderly manner. There is really no one that can do it for me. As a child I dreamed of the day I would be my own boss, as I thought of it then. I yearned for the day there would be no one to tell me I had to go to bed if I didn't wish to, or make me eat something I didn't wish to eat. Of course that is how a child thinks and the reality does not occur to us because as children we simply cannot conceive of it.

As I have grown older it seems to me there are more and more things I need to do each day in order to maintain my health and sanity. These require me to remember them as well as to do them. Lists help, yet were I to write everything I need to do daily down, it would be a lengthy list indeed. Practicing the discipline of remembering is perhaps the most important one of all, and in addition to doing my exercises and taking my vitamins, I practice this each and every day.

May you find yourself able to remember your personal disciplines, in good time.
 

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Tasha Halpert
 

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