This stanza is taken from the poem “Hope Is The Thing With Feathers” by Emily Dickinson. In these lines, hope is personified as a bird. Like a bird, hope is a delicate thing, however, this delicate thing has great power in that it encourages us living in our souls and singing to us without words. We do not hear the voice of hope (that is why the singing is wordless); it is more of a feeling within our souls. In the last line, the poet says that even in the bleakest situations there is always hope, so this bird never stops.
Discipline is a key quality found in those who have attained success in any field of life. Without discipline, there is a lack in direction and nothing of any significance can ever be achieved without discipline. Looking back in history, all those who have achieved something for humanity have many common characteristics and one of the most prominent characteristics is that of discipline.
Many people, especially students, view discipline as following rules and authority. But the true meaning of discipline is found within oneself. Without this inner discipline, self-discipline, the outer act of following authority or rules holds very little merit. Self-discipline means to be able to push oneself to achieve higher goals, to be able to control one’s selfish and unreasonable desires for the betterment of person and society. Self-discipline is to work oneself without being a slave to one’s emotions and to struggle to overcome weaknesses. In simple terms, it is the ability to say ‘no’ to oneself. For example, the desire to slack off and play with peers is strong but a disciplined student knows when it is time to study; his focus is on his books and he attains maximum benefit from his work rather than having his mind preoccupied with other activities.
Islam and Discipline:
Islam holds self-discipline in high regards. In fact, the fight against the nafs (soul) or desires of the soul has been called the greater jihad. All the acts of worship in Islam, the five pillars of Islam, are designed by Allah to build discipline within each of us. The act of Salah five times a day establishes the discipline of timeliness and teaches us to discipline our lives so that we do everything in its proper time. The month of Ramadan teaches us to discipline our desires and to train ourselves in that discipline. The act of Hajj again disciplines our comforts as well as teaches us the discipline of patience.
As we can see discipline is a quality loved by Allah and it is a trait absolutely necessary for any worthy achievement. Without the enforcement of discipline, one is apt to fail in most, if not all, endeavours of life.
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