Discipline

When did we warp the word “discipline”?

Somewhere along the way, we made it a mutation of punishment. We twisted it into martyrdom.

It use to mean a craft, a trade, a specialty. It use to mean the force that kept you pressing forward
after motivation and adrenaline lost their wings.

It championed through injuries to body, mind, ego, and heart. It turned hopelessness out every door. It kept steady focus on the goal.

It saw the best in you and pressed past excuses to reach it. It would not let you faint, fall down, fall out, or quit. It showed up with joy or tears or anger… whatever it took for “one more try”.

It was admired, encouraged, emulated, and promoted. It was comrades with perseverance, fortitude, strength, and honor. It was an esteemable act extended across the continuum of time.

It was a good thing.

So discipline is a virtue we aspire to attain not because we focus on our weakness but because we LOVE ourselves STRONG.

(Random Thought Transmission Complete)

I Still Hold Self Evident Truths

Eleven score and 18 years ago… our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. On Saturday, August 9th 2014 an unarmed, free citizen of these United States of America was shot and killed a law enforcement officer.

The victim’s age is irrelevant. The victim’s gender is irrelevant. The victim’s race is irrelevant. The victim’s attire is irrelevant.

The victim was a human being.

The victim was alive.

The victim is dead.

We hold these truths to be self-evident that we are all endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. And so I have come to this hallowed moment in time to remind America and its free citizens of these vital truths:

There is no “them”. There is only US.
We live together or we die at our own hands.

There is no privilege to entitle us to ignorance. The luxury to look away is one we cannot afford. The cost of our freedom has already been paid by the hundreds of thousands of lives laid down in sacrifice to defend the words, “land of the free, home of the brave.”

Shall the future call us a generation that was self consumed? Will they say we all died from the cancer of apathy? Will our children and their children and their children’s children know us only as the ones who let freedom perish from the earth? 

Look into the eyes of your own children and know that we are writing the history of tomorrow. We are preparing an inheritance for them. We are staging their future on this very day. What is the legacy we shall leave?

#BattenVEDA Day 13 – TOPIC SWITCH!

The topic listed for today was “Festivals” as in, what are you going to check out this summer. I don’t have any planned so instead I did the Day 10 topic on what is the one thing I would take to a desert island. (I’m a rebel, huh?)

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#BattenVEDA Day 9 – Hopes & Dreams

#BattenVEDA Day 9 – Hopes and Dreams! What do you hope the future brings?!?

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#BattenVEDA Day 8 – Happiness Happens

#BattenVEDA Day 8 wants to talk about what makes me happy! I’ll tell you if you tell me.

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#BattenVEDA Day 7 – #TBT Throwback Thursday

Today’s #BattenVEDA prompt tells me to tell a “Throwback” story and you have to guess if my story is made up or true! What do you think? Let me know below!

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