11/14/2013 3:06 PM
By Jon Ritchings, Jr.
Discipline. I think that society as a whole lacks it—there seems to be a laissez-faire attitude in general. A do-as-I-want-with-no-worry-about-the-consequences way of life.
Luckily, I am the opposite. In fact, I've been disciplined most of my adult life without even realizing it. I had to have discipline in order to live a normal life.
I think the CHD community as a whole is a disciplined group. Many of us skip the second helping more times than not. We walk, run, bike, do yoga and all sorts of other exercise on a regular basis. We show up to all our doctor appointments. We take our medications on time every day.
That got me thinking: What does discipline mean to me? As many of you may know, I am a visual person and like to create things that remind me each day of what I need to do, encourage me to reach my goals and inspire me to follow my dreams.
I am sharing what I came up with, a poster with what discipline means to me. I plan on having it printed and laminated so that I can hang it on my wall and view it each morning—particularly on those days when I seem to be struggling with getting going.
Read it. Create your own poster with what discipline means to you. Put it up somewhere and let it inspire you to reach your goals and dreams.
Jon Ritchings, Jr., is a 40-year-old father who was born with pulmonary atresia and hypoplastic right heart syndrome. Although he has made a career in retail, he prefers to be outdoors kayaking and taking photos. Jon likes to draw inspiration from quotes and one of his current favorites is from Lao Tzu: “I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”
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