"Whether it's self-indulgence or self-discipline, whatever I reinforce will
grow stronger than me."
J. M. Lockwood
Emotions are like muscles. The ones we exercise most will grow the most; thus we can build up the strength of our emotional will-muscle by exercising it more. The more that we reinforce our will-muscle, the less we'll be pushed around by insecure or overgrown parts. It is similar to running against a very strong headwind: By pushing through resistance, we stretch our muscles and find that we make even greater strides after the headwinds diminish because of our greater strength.
A wave of self-reinforcing momentum builds up in each life as a cumulative result of all the choices we make. If we're self-indulgent, the wave presses down on us as we get weaker and its cumulative weight increases. The weaker we grow, the more things that can control us. If we build self-discipline to get up on top of that wave, its momentum helps us and life gets easier and easier.
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