21 Days to a More Disciplined Life E-Book Club–Day 2Posted by Jenny on Sep 10, 2013 in Blog, Book Club | 6 comments
Good Morning Girls! So how did Day 1 go? Did you pick a “Practical Application” task and complete it? Update us in the comments.
Did you print off the cute calendar I made? I know with my exercise goal, I loved and still love, making a BIG X across the calendar day. I also know, the thought of an empty day staring at me helps to keep me motivated.
Yesterday my goal was to straighten up the kids books baskets. I worked on it and as you can see I had some help!
Welcome to Day 2 of 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life. I love the title of Day 2–Discipline is a Process. Around here, you’d never know it. When I decide I want to make a change in myself (or someone else) I tend to want it yesterday! Talk about setting myself up for spectacular failure. I fail before I start, but that never stops me from spending all that time making detailed, color coded and cute lists.
“…a disciplined life slowly flowers through careful cultivation.”
21 Days to a More Disciplined Life
I love the author’s choice of words here. I think most of us have planted something before, even if we’re not “gardeners.” We go into the process knowing it will take time. We realize we can’t just throw a seed or plant harshly in the ground and expect something wonderful to happen overnight. And the next morning when the miraculous has not taken place, we don’t berate the poor little plant. We don’t look at it, shaking our head in disgust calling it names and using words like “never” and “always.”
The author also states she wishes there was a magic pill to give us the resolve and fortitude to change…FORTITUDE! I just helped my children memorize the Gifts of the Holy Spirit as they were preparing for Confirmation this Spring and fortitude is one of those awesome gifts.
Etym. Latin fortitudo, strength; firmness of soul; courage of soul
Fortitude is the moral virtue that ensures firmness in difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of the good.
Catechism of the Catholic Church #1808
Firmness of spirit. As a virtue, it is a steadiness of will in doing good in spite of difficulties faced in the performance of one’s duty.
Modern Catholic Dictionary–Fr John A Hardon
Those would be helpful for these 21 Days huh? Well, actually for the rest of our lives, but you know what I mean. So let’s pray for fortitude for ourselves and for each other. “Come, O Blessed Spirit of Fortitude uphold my soul in time of troubles and adversity, sustain my efforts after holiness, strengthen my weakness, give me courage against all the assaults of my enemies, that I may never be overcome and separated from Thee, my God and greatest Good. Amen.” (Prayer found here as part of a Novena for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. As an aside, if you google “Prayer for Fortitude” be prepared for some weird stuff…who knew?)
?So what’s your “Practical Application” goal?
My “Practical Application” goal is to get back in the habit of making my bed…and sticking my pictures in the appropriate folder as I load them so I’m not stuck going through 4 years of pictures! Hey, it’s not called “Practical” for nothing, right?
?Have you shared your “Mega Project” with us? Please do so we can help you. We can encourage you and check in on you, that may be all you need to stay on track!
?What’s your next step in your “Mega Project?” What are you doing today to reach your 21 Day goal?
I am on the “Sort” step of my “Mega Project.” Right now I’m just scrolling through picture after picture assigning them to a folder: children, outside, blogging, daily life, still life. This is going to take some time…
This is Day 2 of 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life
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