Discipline

By 0 No tags Permalink 0

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.

Frank Herbert

It almost seems against nature doesn’t it? Discipline is the path to liberty. This past year has taught me that lesson more than any other. Discipline is the path to any experience of freedom that you may seek. Bring commitment, dedication and delivery into your life and I can promise you, you will find more freedom. 🙂

A Master Craftsman

By 0 No tags Permalink 0

“Every one of us is, even from his mother’s womb, a master craftsman of idols” – John Calvin

There is something magnificent about craftsmanship. Taking a piece of material; using the mind to envision something not yet known, and creating it with ones bare hands.. An expression of self – what we as humans are capable of – that is tangible and ever lasting. When I appreciate a piece of art, a sculpture or any material thing; I am inspired to think of what it took to create it. How did it’s creator live? What drove them to create this? What did they stand for?

Imagine if we looked at every material thing that way… We often forget to notice how almost everything we touch is a result of someone else’s efforts. Everything we think about; a product of someone else’s mind. Would acknowledging that change the way you relate with the world? It does for me. If I consider every element of my life; even my being, as a gift granted to me, I am inspired to care more deeply, to act more nobly and choose more responsibly.

Resolve

By 0 No tags Permalink 0

“Resolve, and thou art free. But breathe the air
Of mountains, and their unapproachable summits
Will lift thee to the level of themselves.”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I love this quote.. In life we are often taught that freedom comes from absence of responsibility, from happiness, sunshine and blue skies… We rarely consider the hardest times to be our freest, most joyful times. There are some challenges in life that seem beyond comprehension; in the moment we so wish they didn”t exist and plead with reality for anything but “this.” It is only recently that I realised that those are the moments to cherish, for those are the moments that we get to prove to ourselves how free we actually are. I thought that by making my life easier, I would find more happiness..But as I have caused my life to be increasingly challenging, I have found the true meaning of happiness and how to have peace with oneself. Consider something you avoid or a circumstance that you are trying to prevent from happening.. What if you let it happen? What if by making the choice to approach the “unapproachable summit,” you too could lift yourself beyond what you thought possible?