June 29, 2017

Duty and Discipline

natasha-watleySchool’s out, and it’s time to play! Whether you’re on the softball field, relaxing at home with your family, or hanging out with friends, it’s important to remember to stay on track, both mentally and physically. To help you live your best day every day, we’re reviewing the four points of the Natasha Watley Foundation’s Diamond of Values.

Today, we’re starting with DUTY and DISCIPLINE.

DUTY: Maintaining responsibility for yourself, your teammates, your family, and your craft.

We are all responsible for our own choices. This can be as simple as choosing what to eat for breakfast, what to wear on a Saturday, or when to go to sleep. However, choices can also be more complex. Did you choose to be kind to the new girl at your school? Were you helpful when your parents asked you to clean your room? Did you listen to your coach in a respectful way? Each day, we make dozens and dozens of choices, and it’s up to us to think through every option and make the best decisions we can.

Think of each day as a path. Each choice can lead you in a different direction. Where do you ultimately want to be at the end of the night? Hopefully, by remembering your duties as a friend, daughter, sibling, and teammate, you can wind up in a more positive place than you started each day. Take care of yourself, but remember that you have a duty to care for others, too.

DISCIPLINE: Staying focused and on-task, despite distractions and temptations.

The decisions we were talking about above aren’t always easy to make! You might have to make sacrifices to keep moving toward your goals, or you may need to give up something for the good of your team, family, or friends. This requires discipline, and while it may not always seem like fun, it will make you a stronger person in the end.

For example, imagine it’s Saturday afternoon. You can either head to softball practice, where your coach and teammates are expecting you, or blow it off and spend the day with a bucket of popcorn at the movies. Maybe you’re tired, or it’s a movie you really wanted to see, or another friend is pressuring you to take the day off and hang out with her. Weigh your choices carefully! Even the smallest decisions, like finishing your homework instead of watching TV, are meaningful. Remember your priorities; it takes discipline to stay on track!

How do you exemplify the values of DUTY and DISCIPLINE in your everyday life?