“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.” ― Jim Rohn
“We avoid the pain of self-discipline, because we confront it everyday. Meanwhile, the pain of regret goes unnoticed for days, months and years, but when it comes, it marks us with the profoundest disappointment” ― John Maxwell
Do they spark anything for you too?
At a certain point after retirement I loosened the reigns a bit. I get plenty of encouragement to “lighten up” from those who get sucked into my orbit. I was inspired by a Walt Whitman quote my niece wrote on a retirement card to her father “From this hour I ordain myself loosd of limits and imaginary lines“. Gradually the pendulum swung from being ueber disciplined and reliable to … a more laissez faire, relaxed approach. To-do lists weren’t all checked off, or even written in the first place. Balls were dropped, time was wasted, workouts were missed, etc.
All seemingly harmless and positive, until I was recently shocked to arrive at an event I was co-hosting and realize I hadn’t even read the email with instructions on my role and necessary preparation. It felt like that dream where you show up naked at school, or in my case arrive at a test that I hadn’t studied for. I could offer up lots of blah-blah excuses, but honestly ….! Not good. Not me. Not anyone I aspire to be. What happened?
The “pain of regret” came knocking and this time it was just a bit embarrassing. Dodged a bullet. What about next time? I’m pondering how to re-inject some measure of discipline back into routines without going back over to the “ueber” side of things. Once again balance is that illusive secret to success.
Attention to this blog seems to be a balancing factor for me, so I’ll probably show up here more often again in the near future. Stay tuned …