Life, even in 2022, can often be difficult. The spiritual journey is one built on the pain of confronting difficult challenges. In short, discipline is the practice of confronting spiritual challenges. But what exactly is self-discipline, and how can we actually apply it? M. Scott Peck claims that there are four elements of discipline: delay of gratification, acceptance of responsibility, dedication to truth, and balance. By embracing discipline, we can encourage spiritual growth within ourselves and each other.
Dr. Morgan Scott Peck was born in New York, 1936. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy but was expelled ]for refusing to attend mandatory R.O.T.C. sessions. He transferred to Harvard, where he received a bachelor’s degree in 1958, and he received a medical degree in 1963 from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Peck is among the founding fathers of the self-help genre of books. “The Road Less Traveled,” published in 1978, and its later companion volumes have sold more than 5 million copies in North America and have been translated into more than 20 languages.