Sharpening Self-Discipline

As I work hard in Calculus I and at least “hard enough” in this Chemistry class (LOL), I hope to take on more coursework per semester in this fall and beyond.  I enjoy the content, and after these two courses are finished, I thereupon will change officially to the Biology major.  And this associate degree from my current community college that I shall later get will hopefully lead to a corresponding Biology degree (that is, a bachelor’s) at a university.  (What happens beyond that is not a point for planning at this point, since as your money says, in God I trust)  Of course, a good portion of the work will be done by then, thanks to the associate degree.

Of course, this applies beyond school.  Mundane early-morning activities like breakfast and showering are also key factors in just about anyone’s daily agenda.  And as an already sharp learner apart from school; books, the Internet, etc., can be a nice weekend (and perhaps otherwise) diversion, whether during school, my career, or retirement.  Remember, we will always be learning till we’re 6 feet under, and I am certainly no exception.  For weekends (and perhaps weekdays), I may keep track of my planned events for the day in a more detailed way.  And if there is nothing left over, find more to do per day, and hence raise the bar.

Remember, however, one must account for (and accept) certain weaknesses as well.  For example, I feel I absorb information more readily when a website is printed.  Or just outright reading an already printed book.  There are exceptions, but this is the rule of thumb.  Also, my handwriting is a mess, and I prefer to type things except if there is no need for mass presentation of information.  Sometimes, weaknesses can be improved on.  After all, this very improvement of self-discipline is one.  But some are more formidable than others, and it may require wisdom to determine if they really should be honed, or just accept how God has made you, and focus on your strengths.

Jesus talked in the Parable of the Talents (Mat 25:14-30) about the three men using the “talents” (a very substantial unit of money in Biblical times) in different ways.  Two of the men, having five and two of these units, used them properly, and it was fruitful; while the third only had one of these units and abused it.  It shows a “quality over quantity” pattern here, as you can see.  It is believed the word “talent” in English is derived from that, but I’m not a Biblical or linguistic scholar.  (Sorry!)  But at least you have an idea that one’s natural, temporal gifts are to be used to God’s glory.

Efficiency isn’t easy.  Procrastination is child’s play.  Let’s reverse the trend.