Discipline – Nature or Nurture?

Buyer Beware! This is an old, unposted post posted mainly to explain my absence all summer. Several readers have called to see if I am still out and about. Yes, I am fine. Today is Saturday, August 25 and I am about to write a current post complete with pictures and outside references. Stay tuned. I’m back in the saddle.


Just a quick post, a promotion really, as I careen through another busy Westcliffe weekend to include the County Fair, a Rootin’ Tootin’ Rodeo, and a craft show to benefit the West Custer County Library.


I wrote the preceding paragraph on Friday, July 20th. I had hoped to promote The Friends of the Library Craft Fair which not only raises money for our local library but also provides an outlet for our local crafters. But I never got past the first paragraph. My quick post never saw print: apparently I wasn’t quick enough.

 It is now Friday, July 25. The craft fair has come and gone. My promotion plans never came to fruition. Opening the computer today, I was on the point of deleting my first (and only) paragraph. It is time to move on to a more timely topic, but then I thought again.

This issue with time… finding time… making the most of time… seems to be a universal problem. I am not alone trying, but failing, to juggle all the balls. I’m always dropping one. It bounces away, and as I take my eye off the balls in the air to see the errant one rolling downhill, I drop another ball and then a third. It is a clown routine. I need to buy a flashing red nose, a large polka-dot bow tie and too large shoes.


Watching the Olympics, I am awed by the athleticism of the participants. But more than the athleticism, I am awed by the athletes’ discipline which has honed their innate talent.

Can discipline be taught? If it can, I missed that lesson.

I hate that. Most recently I signed up on-line with 100 Days of Summer. The goal was to submit a photograph or a piece of writing based on a daily prompt. I missed the first day. I missed the second day. I have lost track of how many days I’ve missed. I have no clue as to today’s prompt.

Not meeting goals is demoralizing. I don’t need to win a gold medal. Satisfaction will come with completion.

About timeout2

I have lived 100 lives. I write essays, short stories, poetry, grocery lists and notes to myself. If I am ever lost, look for a paper trail, but be careful not to trip over any books that lie scattered here and there. I am a reader. I am a reader in awe of writers. When I don't live in Westcliffe, Colorado, I live in London where I am a long-time member of Word-for-Word - Crouch End.
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2 Responses to Discipline – Nature or Nurture?

  1. Karen says:

    Oh, thank you for your lack of discipline. I hate that it deprives us of your posts (which I enjoy immensely) but it reassures me that I’m not alone. If you find a “buy one/get one free” deal on that flashing red nose, toss me one as well.

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