Happy Tyr’s Day
“Discipline is the willingness to be hard on oneself first and then if needed help with the development with others, so that greater purposes may be achieved.”
Principle: Apply discipline to every aspect of life that it can be applied.
I have to give the website Ravenbok credit for their views on Discipline and their contrast with legalism because it is spot on. Discipline is about being hard on yourself first and letting others be free to do as they see. The disciplined person seeks to improve themselves and doesn’t presume to have the answer when it comes to others. The disciplined person is motivated by the happiness he finds in changing himself to be a better person. To be disciplined requires one to focus on self.
The legalist, by contrast, thinks happiness will be found in changing others into their vision of what they think is fair or right. So they attempt to dominate and control through law in its various political and religious forms. The legalist disciplines others but does not lift a finger to discipline himself.
That is not to say that as a leader the follower of Asatru does not discipline those under him or lead them in disciplined activities to improve the company or team. The main thing is that the disciplined person leads from the front by disciplining himself first and never asking people to do something they have not demonstrated a willingness to do themselves. To achieve greater purposes requires people who focus on changing themselves first and then each other through example, not coercion.
“It is the exercise of personal will that upholds honor and the other virtues and translates impulse into action. If one is to be able to reject moral legalism for a system of internal honor, one must be willing to exercise the self-discipline necessary to make it work.”
To the Wolves and Ravens:
“Feed the Wolves, but Listen to the Ravens first.”
I very much need discipline for a lot of reasons but mostly it keeps me walking life. There is a connection between Perseverance and Discipline that is so integral to my self-concept that I need the discipline to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Without the disciplined action, I have done all these years to improve myself, I doubt very much that on a couple occasions, I would have gotten back up.
Discipline is also something I want as the actions of it allows me to focus on the one person who can make me happy – me. Discipline is what helps me make progress on me and do something else that is essential – mind my own damn business when it comes to others. I can only change me and I would be presumptuous to think that I have the right or the knowledge to effectively change others without demonstrating how that change works in me first. Self-Discipline taught me that.
It is an emotionally immature person, in my humble opinion who seeks to control others. Even if said person has good intentions, they will probably cause more harm than good because they are not knowledgeable in and of themselves to know every possibility or what the other people might consider good. Reason says it is better to focus on self so that one is not a burden to others and to be in a position to help. You don’t do that by forcing others to be charitable for you. You do it by disciplining yourself so you can be charitable yourself.
I think the path to wisdom and thus happiness is the road which requires a disciplined mind and pace to walk it. The wise man is a disciplined man and visa versa.
On a more personal note, discipline gives me a lot of tools that I fight The Grey with. Depression often takes a lot of tools to beat it. Most of them are formed and created through discipline. My victories will come, but with every one of them, I will look back and say that discipline gave me the skills, strengths, and abilities to win them.
The Rabyd Skald – Wandering Soul, Bard, and Philosopher. The Grey Wayfarer.