A Haiku - Self-discipline
"To thine own self be true, and thou canst not be false to any man."
Master this one quality, and all else will follow after...
Some adopt its virtues young;
Some never gain them.
With all the opportunities we have to make choices, one of the hardest choices we make is disciplining ourselves to make wise choices. There are good choices, better choices, and wise choices. Self-discipline involves making consistently wise choices when the choices are placed before us.
Each element of our various societies find themselves faced with the "right and wrong" choices. There are also the "in between" choices, when "right and wrong" are less clearly defined. Some of the most difficult choices are made when we are faced with two equally good choices, or faced with only two choices both of which appear wrong, but with no apparent alternative choices.
In that latter instance we might do well to consider changing the conditions under which the choice is being made. Even then self-discipline can guide us to the best solution for such dilemmas.
But, only if we have mastered at least some of the steps to being self-disciplined.
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