There is a misconception that freedom means doing your own thing. One cannot always have what one desires. Many times it is not easy to comprehend the benefits of good values and discipline. It may even seem more profitable, enjoyable and convenient to do otherwise. All we need to do is see countless instances where lack of discipline has prevented people from succeeding.
Rather than the restraints of discipline pulling us down, discipline is really taking us up. This is what discipline is all about. We are all familiar with that big animal, the giraffe. A mama giraffe gives birth to a baby giraffe standing. All of sudden, the baby falls on a hard surface from the cushion of mama’s womb, and sits on the ground. The first thing mama does is to get behind the baby and give him a hard kick. The baby gets up, but his legs are weak and wobbly and the baby falls down. Mama goes behind again and gives him one more kick. The baby gets up but sits down again. Mama keeps kicking till the baby gets on its feet and starts moving. Why? Because mama knows that the only chance of survival for the baby is to get on its feet – otherwise it will be eaten by predators. Is this an act of love ?- THINK
Children brought up in a loving, disciplined environment end up respecting their parents more and become law-abiding citizens. If discipline were practiced in every home, juvenile delinquency would be reduced by 95%. -J.Edgar Hoover
We hear this phrase all the time: “I want to be free. “If you take the train off the track, it is free, but where does it go? If everyone could make their own traffic laws and drive on any side of the road would you call that freedom or traffic? What is missing is discipline. By observing the rules, we are actually gaining freedom.
Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired but controlling the desire. – Epictetus