As humans, we are given a gift that sets us apart from other animals.
Yesterday, I talked about choices and how we should consider our future when making even the smallest decisions.
But we must also acknowledge how amazing it is that we have a choice at all.
Our brains give us the ability to think rationally.
Yes, of course, there are times of danger or threat that we should follow our instincts. But in most situations, we have the privilege to think first.
Can you think of a time when you wish you would have thought something through before acting?
Day 3 of Self-Discipline – Embracing our humanity while exercising willpower.
Our most common temptations seem to be power, money, sex, food, drugs and the like.
These are all things we come across in life in different fashions. There are obviously times where we’ve earned some of these things and all is well and good. But don’t let your temptations be your quick fix. You may find comfort in satisfying a craving in that moment but how does it help your future?
On the other hand, sometimes these moments aren’t for your comfort but for someone else’s satisfaction. In these moments you have to, again, realize you have been blessed with the ability to choose what is right for you. A choice is something only you can make for yourself.
This enters a whole new realm of self-discipline and self-awareness that we are all too familiar with these days, in the media and possibly in our personal lives.
To those who choose to force decisions upon others, I beg you to fight those primal instincts. You too, believe it or not, have the ability to think rationally. I could rant on here…but just remember that in the long run, if you choose to do wrong, if you succumb to your animal-like urges without a single thought of how this could affect your future or those around you, you are renouncing your humanity.
To those who feel like they have no voice, to those who feel like their self-control was taken from them, and to those who are afraid because they’ve been threatened or because they’re embarrassed, this may feel like a danger moment. This may feel like a fight or flight situation, and that’s okay, but you have also been given the gift of willpower. Deep down, you are an intelligent human being who can choose for themselves what is right and what is wrong in any situation and I hope you are able to find the strength to make your choice to act as necessary. You are brave and strong. You were born to be the amazing human that you are and you are never, ever alone.
Let us strive to embrace our humanity. And flex those willpower muscles!