Last week I found discipline everywhere. Discipline appears to either be a habit running a useful task or one running away from one. I like discipline. A few years ago I was asked to list my most important and cherished values. They made no distinction between value and virtue. I did not have the answer at the tip of my tongue and wondered what all the values are. If I had a list, I might discover some I would like to have and I would be better able to answer the question. I discovered no comprehensive list anywhere but many who had answered what their cherished values are. I built the comprehensive list with a future intention of spending time on all of them, or at least the ones I would practice.
In golf there is, after enough practice swinging the clubs, a technique called ‘swing thought’ to quiet your mind to allow your body to do the work. I am looking for my ‘swing thought’ that gets me into action; especially when ‘I don’t want to’ is the flashing neon sign in my brain. This week I am looking for and studying courage and my first glance through old notes, quotes and earlier thinking on the matter, this may be my ignition point. If it will work for me, perhaps I can assist others in finding theirs.
A lot of people do not muster the courage to live their dreams because they are afraid to die. – Les Brown
Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. – C. S. Lewis
Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die. – Gilbert K. Chesterton
Love is the most difficult and dangerous form of courage. Courage is the most desperate, admirable and noble kind of love. – Delmore Schwartz
You can do anything if you set your mind to it. Look out for kids, help them dream and be inspired. We teach calculus in schools, but I believe the most important formula is courage plus dreams equals success. – Marlee Matlin
Pugnacity is a form of courage, but a very bad form. – Sinclair Lewis
On this first pass, the ‘form’ courage takes has something to say about what fills it. How many of the forms I use are of my creation or are any designs mine? What forms of courage will produce the first action that moves the train forward? Can anyone use his or her imagination to produce the form of courage needed for today?
Do you have any [forms, swing thoughts] you use to engage the day in play, in work or in any other way?