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Discpline Test/ Zen

OK people I know and Love are gonna make fun of me after this post. So I stuck a fairly tough looking picture of myself in it.

I will make a disclaimer and then go on.

Disclaimer: I don't agree with the fru-fru stuff that people think of when the think of the word Zen. I don't meditate, just not for me, I don't light candles, again just not my thing. I do however bite off on all of the principles (that I have read so far).

No Mom, this doesn't mean I a switching to some Asian religion.

I wrote a post here about Discipline Tests (ok, it started as a Blackberry post and morphed a little).

At one time in my life I was an incredibly disciplined person.

In this pic, that's me on the left and yes I knew what I was doing with that thing.

I maintained that kinda self discipline for several years after leaving the Marine Corps and had success in life do it. A lot it came from my up-bringing and was compound by Marine lifestyle. It's incredible, don't knock it, it has lead to some of the most successful people in the world.
Anyhow, I think about 4 years ago I started to lose it. I started packing a few extra pounds around (and over) my belt. I quit paying much attention to balancing the checkbook, I kinda took my wife for granted. Even little bitty crap things like leaving my clothes lying on the bedroom floor. Don't get me wrong, I really was pretty happy with my life, in fact I became complacent because of it.

Then something pretty bad happened and my family went through a couple of really tragic things and I can truly say I changed. I didn't change to something I had never known, I just reverted to the person I was before and am a lot happier because.

Ok, I still have a over inflated bicycle tire hidden inside the skin right over the top of my belt, I am working on it. I am not perfect on the checkbook, but I am whole lot better. I do leave clothes laying on the bedroom floor every once in a while, but not like I used to. I am not striving for perfection, I am striving for contentment.

Contentment is a word that I think people misunderstand and distort. It's doesn't mean complacent, it just means Happy. I am Happy I have a lot of things going for me. The things I don't like in my life I strive to change (discipline part), I do my best to keep the situation good (discipline test) and the things that aren't good that I have no control over, I try not to stress about (Zen Habit). I also stretch sentences way to far and use too many commas. I have tried to change that and can't so I don't care anymore.

Ok some of my friends/family are going...

Zen Habits ????? Is Cody coming out of the closet????

Do this for me, go check out this post on Leo's blog. Disregard the fru-fru stuff, but really think about the message.

If we could get the whole world to follow this guy like they follow, we would truly have a better planet.


I love the discussion in the comments.. so... GO FOR IT!

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