I was skimming through a chapter in "The Art of Loving" by Erich Fromm and read this:
"...First of all, the practice of an art requires discipline. I shall never be good at anything if I do not do it in a disciplined way; anything I do only if "I am in the mood" may be a nice or amusing hobby, but I shall never become a master in that art."
How many of us approach our craft from a "I have to be inspired in order to work" perspective? I run into this part of myself often, where I am not feeling like creating, writing, singing, blogging, homeschooling or doing the daily exercises that I know will bring forth both mastery of my craft and of myself. This is no way takes away the importance of filling up as addressed in my last post. One has to be disciplined in making the time to take things in; to sit down and read; to make the time for a long walks that inspire and nurture creativity. Any mother/ parent knows that you have to be disciplined to make time to take care of yourself.
In what ways are you disciplined? What factors play a part in you maintaining your disciplined way of life? What are some of the spaces in your life that could benefit from more discipline? Please share. I would love to hear your ideas and experiences.
I am disciplined and intentional about the conscious cultivation and mastery of my craft and my life.