I opened the door to the deck so I could let the cool air blow into the condo. Our backyard is actually a well-groomed school ball field, meticulously kept and mowed. As I stood in the doorway, I could not help but notice perhaps twelve people lying on the school’s blacktop. They were lying in a position I remembered from my gym classes in high school. A man wearing dark slacks walked in between the bodies and he paced back and forth. He appeared to be giving them direction because every few minutes, they would change direction. Their legs in the air were held raised in this way, until he directed the next move.
The way the children in the area were behaving, this man surely had a soothing voice. There was a lone boy shooting basketball hoops and even the quiet ping and bounce of the ball was gently respectful. The bikers set down their rides for a preferred spot close-by. They all seemed to be listening intently. What a scene that unfolded before me, I mused, as most afternoons the children's shrieks and yelling and shouts and fill the air. This soothing calm even reached me, for still I stood in the doorway breathing in the cool mountain air, which rustled the brilliantly colored leaves on the trees. Even the birds were watchful and roosting on the branches.
The people would turn in accord as the instructor continued his hypnotic movement, back and forth, weaving in and out. I was unsure is this was a yoga class, or relaxation after a game that I must have missed, or perchance they were warming up before a game. Whichever it was, they were all in-tune with this man who spoke and guided them.
Discipline is good for us. Many people, even animals might fight being disciplined, but in the end it helps promote calmness and while many will never quite reach serenity, it does help one appreciate the focus that results in these lessons of channeled behavior. It seems to prove we all need direction and calm and focus in our own lives, so we may make good decisions, interact with others, and open our minds to become enriched.
A good leader is a person who readily accepts the reins to guide others. A good leader teaches us patience and to look for our inner-strengths. A good leader never leads others astray, and in the end, we are all the better for having been tempered toward a better future. "All of us need guidance toward becoming productive and well-rounded people". Learning to recognize and appreciate these disciplines is a golden opportunity. Remember ... we are what we are, but with discipline we can choose to become more.