Discipline

Dont miss the opportunity to challenge yourself in order to find yourself

While watching television last night, I saw the story of a football player who had developed Bone Cancer. His college career was finished and his doctor told him that he would never play football again. He needed a Titanium rod inserted in his leg to support the damaged bone. Things were not looking good for him at that moment in time. Upon his departure from the hospital, he was asked about what he would do now, that he could not play football again. His reply was that football was the modality he could do best and that he would play again. He could not imagine doing anything else.

As soon as possible, he embarked on a seven-day program designed to bring him up to his former physical self. Within the year he was playing college football and soon was picked by a major league team. As he described it, now the hard part had commenced. Pro football was nothing like college football and if he were to stay on the team he would have to prove his worth. Training was a six-day affair and on Sundays he could be found in the gym working with weights. By trainings end he had made the team, beating out others who could not keep up with him. He had realized his goal and had a long career ahead of him.

At one, maybe two times in our lives, we have the opportunity to rise up and find out whom we are and what we are here to do. If we choose the right path and have the discipline to stay on that path, we find ourselves and know our destiny. When that football player said that he could not imagine doing anything else, he realized exactly what he was here to do.

I too had that chance six years ago, when it was discovered that I had Parkinson’s disease. The discipline that I had developed thru the previous years practice of yoga, tai chi and karate would now be put to the test. I developed a plan consisting of life style modifications, dietary changes and exercise. I practiced seven days a week, two to three hours a day and continued my teaching. During the last six years I refined my diet and exercise regimen and only took a small dose of medication. It seemed to me that Parkinson’s disease had picked me and that my mission was to fight for my life. I realize that I will have to continue on the same road facing my illness even though the disease is not progressing. My destiny is to stay on the road living in the moment, and not concentrate on the future nor live in the past.