I've been thinking a lot about discipline lately. I put myself on a gluten-free diet to see if it was the cause of tummy disruptions (it was not) and though I still am the owner of a noisy digestive system, I left the diet with a feeling of well being. I can now say I'm going to be self-disciplined and not eat gluten products for a set amount of time and I can follow through with that action. I've stumbled through life without making any New Year's resolutions and things have gone fine so far. But I see the reasons oh-so-clearly now why even a little self-discipline goes a long way.
Once you follow through with some little self-discipline you've set for yourself, you get this wonderful boost of confidence. It's like a little gateway has been opened to larger, bigger things you would like to do. It doesn't have to be a big thing to start you off either. I could tell myself that I'm not going to snack between lunch and dinner. And what a great feeling when I accomplish this little thing. That could lead to saying I'm not going to eat anything after dinner for a week. We're talking bigger resolutions here. No more ice cream at eight! I mean, this could actually help get rid of those pesky muffin tops. Major good stuff could happen.
Things I really like to do like paint and power-walk are easy to do. I think the couple in my painting like walking every day too though not at a power-walk pace. It's the stuff we don't want to do or that we're afraid to do that cause most of us such grief. Just one little step first is my suggestion. Got a closet full of old clothes to go through? Make a tiny step and resolve to get rid of one item before next Sunday. Keep it doable and then do it. Good luck and may your gateway open up!
Discipline and training of oneself, usually for improvement: Acquiring the habit of promptness requires self-discipline.
My show at Kaewyn Gallery closes on November 23rd. If you get a chance, please stop by. I also have paintings at the Kirkland Arts Center store at Parkplace mall in Kirkland and Gallery by the Bay in downtown Stanwood. The miniature show opens next at Kaewyn where I'll have half a dozen miniatures. And I'm starting with a new gallery down in Hood River called The Pines at the end of this month where the winery and the gallery mix it up.