Monday, March 21, 2005

Enjoy the ride

A colleague told me this story on my of our flights to Hong Kong:

An airline passenger struck up a conversation with a stranger who was sniffling, apparently due to a recent head cold.

“Look at me!” he said.

“Never a day's sickness in my life, and all due to simple food,” he boasted.

“Why, from the age of twenty to that of forty I lived an absolutely simple, regular life -- no pampering, no late hours, no extravagances. Every day, in fact, I was in bed regularly at nine o'clock and up again at five in the morning. I ate a plain meal at noon and, after that, exercised for an hour, then...”

“Excuse me,” interrupted the sniffling stranger in the next seat, “but what were you in for?”

Some people can go overboard with a rigid routine, but a certain amount of self-discipline is necessary when traveling this road of life.

Undisciplined people will end up doing what others determine. Disciplined people set their own daily schedules.

Undisciplined people are led around by immediate desires. Disciplined people pursue long-range goals.

Undisciplined people never accomplish anything significant. Disciplined people make beautiful dreams come true.

Mark Twain gave some advice about discipline. “Do one thing every day you don't want to do,” he suggested.

It's a price we pay for success. Then leave some time to do something you WANT to do, too.

The first gets us where we want to go; the other makes the traveling more fun.

The road to success is a toll road. Pay that small, daily fee, and you'll be able to go most anywhere you want. Leave some time for fun, and you'll enjoy the ride.

Are we over-disciplining our lives and losing out the fun and joy in life?


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