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THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED DISCIPLINE The Discipline section of M Scott Pecks The Road Less Traveled first deals with lifes difficulties He makes it clear that we all have problems and pain but we have to deal with it to get by and to make life less difficult Life is difficult Once we truly know that life is difficult--once we truly understand and accept it--then life is no longer difficult Because once it is accepted the fact that life is difficult no longer mattersp15 The four main points of the Discipline section are delaying gratification acceptance of responsibility dedication to reality and balancing These four points are referred to as tools to solve lifes problems By using these tools one is able to overcome anything that life throws his or her way Delaying gratification as Peck puts it is a process of scheduling the pain and pleasure of life in such a way as to enhance the pleasure by meeting and experiencing the pain first and getting it over withp 19 I feel Pecks point is to save the good things for last so that you can always have something to look forward to and an incentive to finish whatever task is at hand Good scheduling skills and the lack of procrastination are very important in delaying gratification Responsibility is very important in solving lifes problems Peck says that we must accept responsibility for a problem before the problem can be solved This is a fairly self-evident statement however many people feel if they put the blame for all their problems off on other people that the problems with miraculously go away Perhaps they are scared of the pain that the problem will cause or maybe they just cant handle the stress of the problem Peck goes on to make it clear that these unresolved problems with eventually catch up to you Peck then discusses how neurosis and character disorders deal with misplaced responsibility
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