DEFINING DISCIPLINE

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Many years ago my parents bought an organ for me and my sisters to play.  I started to take lessons and was initially very excited to play.  That excitement quickly wore off when I realized all the hours of practice I had to put in to learn how to play the organ.  Being 11 years old at the time, I preferred playing whatever sport was in season versus learning how to play the organ.  Because I chose to play rather than practice, I now don’t have the freedom to play the organ.  I never did envision myself as an organ player; however, I did envision myself as an NBA basketball star.  Unfortunately, genetics and the fact that this white man can’t jump, kept me far from achieving my NBA dream!

What skills do you possess because you used discipline to cultivate them?  What skills could you have that you don’t have now simply because you lacked discipline as I did with the organ?

 It has been said “it is never too late to become the person you want to be.”

 In reality, it is physically way too late for me to become an NBA star.  LOL!  However, it isn’t too late for me to learn new skills.  It is indeed possible to teach old dogs new tricks and that is one of the reasons why I love our newest College Core Value:  “Pursue Growth and Learning.”

 Henry Ford said: “whether you are 8 or 80 if you stop learning you stop living!”

 As we have the daily opportunity to touch the lives of the students we serve, I hope we will help them and ourselves learn the value of discipline and the dividends it pays.