Confucius taught before attempting to govern affairs, a person must learn to govern themselves. Yet it’s amazing how many people seek out positions of leadership and control when their own lives are so completely out of control. It’s totally escapist mentality, looking for diversions, so as to not have to face their own demons. And unfortunately they miss out on one of the greatest joys in life…
The joy of self-control.
Now that may sound strange to you. On the surface you may think a life of total abandon, with no discipline or control would bring you more pleasure. There was a time I believed that. But no more.
Some people see self-control as a life of deprivation, denial and monotony, but it’s actually the opposite. Yes without a doubt, self-control involves renunciation. But it’s renunciation of that which is base, temporary, and false, in order to make space for that which is abiding, permanent, and true. It’s the perfect demonstration of the vacuum law of prosperity.
The glutton, addict, or hedonist is able to enjoy only the most fleeting joy, because they are forever chasing the next elusive pleasure and sensation. I spent five years chasing a high to match the first time I took crystal meth, only to come to realize that first high can never be equaled. At least not from drugs...
But I exceeded it last week, when I wrote you of my special evening in Hawaii. And I came pretty close yesterday morning in Newport Beach, simply sitting on the porch, eating the most perfectly ripe pear, watching the sunrise.
So what about you? Have you experienced the freedom that comes from discipline, the joy that only control can offer? Please share your thoughts on this, and next post we’ll look more at the process of self-mastery.