Developing Discipline

23 Oct

Developing Discipline

How does one develop, raise
And strengthen discipline?
Self-restraint, the power to
Control, endure, to win?

Discipline is key to conquering
So many vices
But cost of discipline is the
Unlikeliest of prices

Discipline is not “gotten”
It’s already possessed
It is a trait with which you were
From birth already blessed

But it is buried underneath
The pleasures and the bliss
When it is time to have some fun
It’s what folks do dismiss

“How do I get disciplined
Like you?” some folks will ask
“You don’t get disciplined,” I say
“There’s no training or task

Discipline is what is left
When other things are lost
Discipline comes with great pain
Suffering and exhaust”

It is uncovered when your shoulders
Feel like great big spikes
Are stabbing, twisting into them
Two sudden lightning strikes

You learn just how much discipline
You have when both your knees
Are weak and you feel that you could
Be knocked down by a breeze

Your discipline is not a choice
But comes quite automatic
When you have had a few too many
Things that were dramatic

Happen in your life, the loss
Of parents, friends, a child
Losing these pieces of you
Keep you from getting riled

The trials of life will chip away
Like sculptor with a stone
It chips away at all the flesh
And meat ‘till it hits bone

And that is where your discipline
Resided all along
The iron will enabling
To be graceful and strong

*Loss* is the “big secret” to
Discovering that power
It doesn’t matter how many
Great books that you devour

It doesn’t matter how many
Great mentors instruct you
Discipline is not something
You get, gain or accrue

Maybe when you lose your health
You’ll stop having that smoke
Maybe when your heart’s diseased
And you’re told soon you’ll croak

You’ll have the discipline to eat
Foods much lower in salt
And have the strength to abstain from
The things which are at fault

Maybe when you’ve lost much more
Than most people endure
All the things which you’re addicted
To will lose allure

Wish you luck with conquering
Those vices that you fight
May you endure great loss and then
Finally see the light



11 Responses to “Developing Discipline”

  1. amberafrica October 23, 2012 at 10:51 am #

    Excellent !!!!!

  2. iamforchange October 23, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    True, spoken wisely by one who has tasted and lived life. Your wisdom shared in such a way is a true gift for all of us and for you. Thank you for sharing it.

    • Miro October 23, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

      Thank you for all of your kind words and continued support, I’m very grateful. Yes, no regrets over the loss and damage incurred, it’s not a life if only gain is experienced. Life is loss, and that’s where true enlightenment begins.

  3. Sue Dreamwalker October 23, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    Sorrow Strengthens, only through our trials do we grow in wisdom… Only by understanding that obstacles are put in our path not to restrict us, but to see how we overcome them… Those who have Enemies do not know that they hold the greatest gifts in their hands for them…. For it is how we learn and grow…

    You have been through much Miro, but throughout it all you have emerged a True Warrior disciplined in the way of Truth and Compassion, Love and Light…

    A pleasure to speak up to praise a true Warrior of Light..

    • Miro October 23, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

      Thank you Sue, I have so much respect for you and the path you walk that your comments always resonate with me deeply. Thank you for your continued support, it means a lot to this Warrior Poet who doesn’t normally care what others think. 😉

      • Sue Dreamwalker October 24, 2012 at 8:21 am #

        Thank you for that compliment also Miro.. The respect I have for your own path is mutual,
        There are many out there who profess to be many things who say do as I say, but do not follow the path themselves…

        I know I am far from perfect Miro.. for if we were, we would not be upon this road being tested… But I try to live from the heart… even though it has been broken a few times and I know I have hurt others along my own walk.. … We learn through our own disciplines how to pick up the pieces and walk with our shadows as we cast off our judgements and prejudices knowing that we have to live from that place within.. And if we can not find that place of comfort within our own skin, we don’t look to blame another for how we are feeling… For we can all of us change that in an instant…
        We can either choose to be happy or Wallow in self pity..

        Ive been there worn the Tshirt and I can tell you, only by grasping hold of the nettle and hauling ourselves up by the shoulders and living from our Point of power in the NOW do we grow,…
        Discipline comes from the realisation Every thought, and every action caused a reaction … Its how we deal with the consequences of those actions,.. and how we move forward to grow in our awareness that Life is what we make it… Happy or Sad… And I choose the High Road…. filled with love and light.. but I do remind people often of the obstacles we all of us have to stride over to get to our destination.. 😉

        Blessings to you Miro..
        Sue 🙂

  4. Giancarlo Fusco October 23, 2012 at 6:14 pm #

    Reblogged this on Pugilistic Paradigms and commented:
    I always enjoy reading Miro’s blog posts, but this one, especially, resonates with me at this time.

  5. Giancarlo Fusco October 23, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

    Thank you for writing this… the timing of it is impeccable and you have helped rekindle the fire within. I’ve reblogged this post so that others can benefit, as well.

    • Miro October 23, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

      Thanks again for sharing. It’s a common response to my writing, that the timing is right on the money. I chalk that up to being an empath. Although I may not be experiencing what I write about at that particular moment, I’m well aware of others who are and write while walking that mile in their own shoes. Glad to hear your fire is rekindled. Fan it into an inferno! 🙂

  6. Cat Forsley October 24, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    You make me cry – you are such a beautiful angel ! ………….
    love you deeply xxx
    it’s always inside my bro —– this road of ours – 🙂
    always always xxx
    and i wanna put a song here – because it reminds me of this poem – or rather your energy in this poem -===
    “Given To Fly ”
    You soar Miro …. You always do xx 🙂
    Love and peace and Grace
    Your sister in heart

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