DISCIPLINE MONTH: DAY 2: “You will never have a greater or lesser dominion than that over yourself…the height of a man’s success is gauged by his self-mastery; the depth of his failure by his self-abandonment. …And this law is the expression of eternal justice. He who cannot establish dominion over himself will have no dominion over others.”― Leonardo da Vinci
I cannot lead others if I cannot trust myself to be consistent with my personal compass. If I am wandering all over the spiritual landscape, it would be foolish for anyone else to want to be with me, much less allow me to take the reins of his horse as well.
I love that I can be consistent and trusted to be present in the same way, day after day, year in and year out. It is what I feel about myself that matters. I have had moments of veering off course, haven’t we all? But I trust that I can be counted on to show up when I say I will.
There is a certain amount of respect that we derive for ourselves when we are doing the right thing, one day after another. When others can be sure we are processing our truths in specific ways and willing to see new ones as they occur.
I am relatively disciplined about all aspects of my life. My diet, my exercise, my home and gardens, my finances and chores, taking care of those things as consistently as I know how. I want to remain in good relationships, so I do what I need to tend them as well. I want to be disciplined about keeping on my side of the street and working these steps in continuous ways to delve more deeply into the heart of my spirit and keep myself from tilting to one side or the other.
These are the things we get to do in this world. Care giving and caretaking of ourselves and the lives we have been gifted with. For me, it begins with a spiritual discipline that requires me to show up for so many little pieces of life each day. I love that!