I remember as a kid I was taught the value of discipline by my grandparents. I remember when I was five years old, my grandfather would wake me up by 5 in the morning and would ask me to go for a walk or jog in the nearest wood.
I would always hate him for this act. I would always complain that I don’t get proper sleep or I get too tired but he would pay no heed. In course I got used to the practice of waking up early and going for morning jogs.
I remember it was during one such winter morning, the wind was blowing strong and it was nothing short of chilling. I pleaded with him not to go for jogging as I will fall ill. However he said you have never tried jogging in a chilly winter morning and it would be fun. After much pleading I gave up and went for my sneakers, I remember the awful feeling I had. It appeared I had no control over my life and will not have any comfort until this man lets me.
As we were slowly jogging through the woods and the winter wind brushing through my ears and nose, drops of tear would fall from my eyes. My ears and nose both had gone red. Seeing this he came near to me put his warm hands around me and said one day when I am not there you are going to remember this. After a pause he continued, ‘every boat sails easily when the wind is favoring them however only those who can sail when the wind changes direction are the ones that make it to their destination’.
It did not make any sense to a five year old. However I realized that people who are tough will go through tough situations. And this philosophy of mine developed at an early age by my grandfather (who is no longer here) have shaped my life. Any time a challenge or problem comes in, I stay strong and tough.
“No matter where you are in your life and no matter how big the challenges you are dealing with, Toady make it a habit to stay strong and tough in the face of challenges”