Why you should discipline yourself in little things?

A lady drinking coffee with legs on the table.

A middled aged man was standing on a busy street corner of  a town section, handing out invitations to hear a lecture entitled “Do You Value Discipline?” 

As he offered the invitations with a friendly smile most persons readily accepted them, but one smartly dressed matron refused, emphatically stating to her lady companion, “I don’t want discipline!”

By her response that woman showed she was laboring under a popular misconception regarding discipline, namely, that discipline is synonymous with chastisement, punishment or scourging.

Military training.

However, discipline also has other meanings.

Meaning of discipline 

Basketball training.

The word itself comes from the Latin disciplina, literally, “teaching, instruction.” 

Thus one writer observed that one “needs the discipline of hard work and early rising”; and another spoke of the person who “will submit willingly to severe discipline to acquire some coveted knowledge or skill.”

True, discipline of itself is not pleasant or easy; it is not following the lines of least resistance.

Yes, to accept discipline, whether in the form of training or punishment, is the course of wisdom.

But it is even greater wisdom to discipline oneself, to heed the counsel:

And the place to begin is in little things.


Discipline in little things

Enjoying little things.

Because if we discipline ourselves in little things it will be easier to do this in big things, things upon which our very lives may depend.

Again, self-discipline makes for good relations with ourselves.

With ourselves? Yes, in that it makes for self-respect.

There are joy and satisfaction in the realization that we have disciplined ourselves and made ourselves do something we knew we should do instead of putting it off.

Even such a little thing as getting up when the alarm clock rings instead of lazily lying in bed until the very last minute shows discipline.

A beautiful girl waking up.

In fact, there is a sense of well-being or strength that comes with each act of disciplining oneself in little things rather than yielding to one’s inclinations and indulging oneself.

Further, self-discipline in little things is the course of wisdom in that it makes for good relations with others.

Take the comparatively little thing of our manner of speech.

Undisciplined speech is either too loud or too soft, too harsh or too sweet, or it may be downright slovenly, all of which creates a poor impression upon others, if not also offending them.

A woman shouting with a loud speaker.

You can even offend by not saying a word, by the way you listen or fail to listen when others speak to you.

It takes self-discipline to give respectful attention, to stop reading or whatever else you are doing, to give the speaker your ear, but it pays.

The same must be said about disciplining yourself at the table; not taking too much food at a time, not eating too fast or too noisily, all requires self-discipline.

How important self-discipline in little things is as regards one’s health!

A girl drinking and smoking cigarettes.

The cigarette is a little thing, but the more fully you discipline yourself, refraining from using it, the less likely you will be to acquire lung cancer, not to say anything of a host of other ills.

What about posture?

Good posture requires self-discipline, but it certainly pays off in improved health, not only in physical health but also in confidence and poise; yes, and even in the impression you make upon others!

A man full of confidence.

Nor to be overlooked is the value of self-discipline in the matter of recreation.

It takes self-discipline to turn off the television set when it is time to go to bed or when worthless programs come on the screen, but does it not save a lot of time and energy?

It likewise takes self-discipline to leave a social gathering at a reasonable hour so as to get a good night’s rest, so necessary to do justice to the next day’s duties.

A tired man sleeping on the pool table.

Sports are beneficial —but only if we discipline ourselves to pursue them in moderation.

No question about it, it is the course of wisdom to discipline ourselves in little things!

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Understanding people who are small in size

A picture of a midget woman.

If you were struggling with some physical handicap, such as lameness, would you want others to view your condition as a joke?

You rather would appreciate their manifesting empathy.

And so it is with those who are unusually small in physical stature.

Challenges in being small in size

The Bible tells us of a tax collector named Zacchaeus who was “small in size.”

Because of this he climbed a tree so as to be able to see Jesus Christ.

This illustrates the handicaps facing persons who are small in size, especially those who are between three and four feet tall.

They may have difficulty when wanting to mail a letter or ring a doorbell.

Getting small enough clothing, especially shoes, also presents a problem to them.

Those who are unusually small in size mainly belong to one of two groups: midgets and dwarfs.

In the case of true midgets, everything about them in a physical way is ‘mini’—their head, their body, their limbs, their physical strength—but not their mental and emotional powers.

The smallest midget on record was an Arab who grew to a height of only one foot, one and a half inches.

About one in a million births results in a midget, most of whom are of normal size at birth.

Midgets usually are the result of a deficiency of the growth hormone secreted by the forward part of the pituitary gland situated at the base of the brain.

However, at times nutritional deficiencies or unhappy home life may be the causes or contributing causes.

Those midgets suffering from a deficiency of only the growth hormone are able to rear children, who usually are of normal stature.

Thus one pair of midgets, a little over two feet tall, reared fourteen children, all of whom attained average height.

Some midgets, though, are unable to have children.

Dwarfs are faced with a different problem.

They suffer from a bone disease, a failure of the cartilage to form.

While the human growth hormone has been found helpful in youthful midgets, no remedy has been found for dwarfs.

As a result of the defect the limbs of dwarfs are very short, whereas the rest of the body is of normal size.

And whereas midget mothers can bear children only by cesarean section, dwarfs appear to have no difficulty in having children, who, likely as not, may also be dwarfs.

As with midgets, dwarfs are of normal size at birth.

Midgets, however, do have some advantages.

Midgets change little in appearance as they get older.

As a group they are extremely healthy.

Midgets also have a higher rate of metabolism, about one and a half that of people of average size.

Thus we are told that a sixty-pound midget can eat as much as a man three times his weight!

It is easy to understand why midgets and dwarfs do not want to be stared at, laughed at, or viewed as freaks or curiosities.

They want to be accepted as people on the basis of their abilities, their skills, their attainments.

One English dwarf, three and a half feet tall, was outstanding as an actor and a sculptor and had an unusually high IQ.

He said, “I don’t feel like a dwarf inside!” 

Among people who are small in size are those with college degrees, electronics engineers, lawyers, and so forth.

Many drive their own auto, having extensions fastened to the pedals, and some even fly their own airplanes.

In fact, they seem to be determined to demonstrate that they are not one whit behind people of average size.

This seems to be borne out by the fact that two-fifths of them choose mates of conventional size.

So, when you meet one of these persons who is small in size, treat him like the fellow human that he or she is.

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Medicine safety tips that could save your life

A sick woman with medicine in her hands.

Knowing the risks involved

Modern drugs have done much to help humanity.

When used correctly, they promote good health, but when used incorrectly, they can injure and even kill.

In many countries people are hospitalized each year because of adverse reactions to medical drugs, and even others die.

To use drugs safely, it is important to recognize that there is always an element of risk.

Any drug, even aspirin, can cause harmful side effects.

The likelihood of side effects is greater if you take several drugs simultaneously.

Food and drink also influence how a drug works in your body and can intensify or neutralize its effect.

There are other risks.

You may have an allergic reaction to a certain drug.

If you do not take drugs as prescribed—the right dose for the right length of time—they probably will not help you and can even harm you.

The same result may occur if your doctor prescribes the wrong drug or unnecessary drugs.

You also risk harm if you take expired, substandard, or fake drugs.

To minimize the risks, you should know as much as possible about any drug that you take.

You can benefit greatly by knowing the facts.

Antibiotics—Strengths and Weaknesses

A picture of antibiotics next to a thermometer.

Since their development antibiotics have saved the lives of millions of people.

They have subdued dreadful diseases, such as leprosy, tuberculosis, pneumonia, scarlet fever, and syphilis.

They also play a key role in the healing of other infections.

Dr. Stuart Levy, professor of medicine at Tufts University Medical School says:

[Antibiotics] have revolutionized medicine. They are the single agent that has most altered medical history.” 

Says another medical authority: “They are the cornerstone on which modern medicine is built.”

However, before you rush to your doctor and ask for a supply, consider the down side.

Antibiotics, when used improperly, can do you more harm than good.

This is because antibiotics work by attacking and destroying bacteria in the body.

But they do not always destroy all the harmful bacteria; certain strains of bacteria withstand the attack.

These resistant strains not only survive but multiply and pass from person to person.

Penicillin, for example, was once highly effective in knocking out infection.

Now, partly because of increasingly resistant strains of bacteria, drug companies market several hundred different varieties of penicillin.

What can you do to avoid problems?

If you really need antibiotics, make sure they are prescribed by a qualified doctor and are obtained from a legitimate source.

Do not pressure your doctor into quickly prescribing antibiotics—he or she may want you to have lab tests to make sure that the one prescribed is the right one for your illness.

It is also important for you to take the right dose for the right length of time.

You should take the entire course of antibiotics, even if you feel better before it is finished.

Are injections better than tablets?

A picture of a syringe drawing medicine from a bottle.

“I want an injection!”

These words are heard by many health workers.

The basis for such a request is the belief that the medication is injected directly into the bloodstream and provides a more powerful cure than do tablets or pills.

In some countries it is common to see unlicensed ‘injection doctors’ at markets.

Injections carry risks that pills and tablets do not.

If the needle is not clean, the patient can be infected with hepatitis, tetanus, and even AIDS.

A dirty needle can also cause a painful abscess.

Dangers are increased if the injection is given by an unqualified person.

If you really need an injection, make sure it is administered by someone who is medically qualified.

For your protection, always make sure that both needle and syringe are sterile.

Fake Drugs

A picture about money making fake medicine business.

The global pharmaceutical industry is big business.

Eager to exploit the situation, unscrupulous people have produced counterfeit medicine.

Counterfeit drugs look like genuine drugs—so do their labels and packages—but they are worthless.

While fake medicines are everywhere, they are particularly common in the developing world, and they bring tragic consequences.

In Nigeria, 109 children died of kidney failure after swallowing painkilling syrup containing industrial solvent.

In Mexico, burn victims suffered raging skin infections from supposed remedies that contained sawdust, coffee, and dirt.

In Burma, scores of villagers may have died of malaria as a result of taking a fake drug that did not fight malarial fever.

 “The most at risk,” states WHO, “are, once again, the poorest, who sometimes think it is a good bargain when they buy what seems to be an efficient medicine produced by a respectable company.”

How can you protect yourself from fake drugs?

Make sure that what you buy is from a reputable source, such as a hospital pharmacy.

Do not buy from street peddlers.

A pharmacist in Benin City, Nigeria, warns:

To street dealers, selling drugs is just a business. They dispense drugs as though they were sweets or biscuits. The drugs they peddle are often outdated or fake. These people don’t know anything about the drugs they are selling.”

The Problem of Poverty

A picture of an African girl in need of medical attention.

The medical treatment that a person receives is often determined by how much money he has.

To cut costs and save time, people in developing countries may bypass the doctor and go directly to the pharmacy to buy drugs that by law require a prescription.

Because they have used the drug before or because friends recommend it, they know what they want for their illness.

But what they want may not be what they need.

People try to cut costs in other ways too.

A doctor has a lab test done and prescribes a certain medicine.

The patient carries the prescription to the pharmacy but finds the cost is high.

So rather than looking for extra money, people will often purchase a cheaper drug or buy only some of the medicine prescribed.

Do you really need medication?

A man holding drugs in his hand.

If you really need medicine, find out what you are taking.

Do not feel embarrassed to ask the doctor or the pharmacist questions about the drug prescribed. You have a right to know.

After all, it’s your body that may suffer.

If you do not use your medication correctly, you may not get well.

You need to know how much to take, when to take it, and how long to take it.

You also need to know what foods, drinks, and other medicines or activities to avoid when taking it.

And you need to be aware of possible side effects and what to do if they occur.

Keep in mind, too, that drugs do not provide the answer to every medical problem.

You may not need drugs at all.

World Health magazine, a WHO publication, states:

Only use a medicine when it is needed. Rest, good food and lots to drink are often enough to help a person get better.”


1. Do not use outdated drugs.

2. Buy from a reputable source. Do not buy from street peddlers.

3. Make sure you understand and follow the instructions.

4. Don’t use drugs prescribed for another person.

5. Don’t insist on injections. Drugs taken by mouth often work just as well.

6. Keep medicines in a cool place, out of the reach of children.

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Blushing-Is it a good or a bad thing?

A girl blushing.

Generally, authors speak favorably of blushing.

Thus some of them have written:

“A blush is the color of virtue.”

“A blush is a sign that nature hangs out, to show where chastity and honor dwell.”

“Better a blush in the face than a blot on the heart.”

However, a few others, perhaps somewhat cynical, say:

“Whoever blushes is already guilty; true innocence is ashamed of nothing.”

“Humans blush less for their crimes, than for their weaknesses and vanity.”

And a modern psychologist theorizes that persons blush because they want to communicate that what others think of them is not actually so.

Most likely you have blushed on more than one occasion or may even be among those who blush quite readily.

Why do you blush?

Some characteristics of blushing

One characteristic of blushing is a sudden reddening of the face, ears, cheeks or neck.

Two teen blushing showing their red cheeks.

Sometimes it is accompanied with a flaccid condition of the cheek muscles and a downcast expression of the eyes, in which the glances of others are avoided.

Other times there may be a turning of the body as if wanting to conceal oneself.

A young girl blushing by hiding herself.

There may even be a tremor of the muscles and a partial paralysis of the limbs.

At times there is a change in the sound of the voice and even tears may come to the eyes of the one blushing, or one may suddenly begin to perspire.

And, in some cases, a person blushing has a palpitation of the heart and a feeling of fear or panic.

All races and nationalities blush, although in the dark-skinned races the blushing is not as obvious.

Blushing is most prevalent in the young, the innocent and the unsophisticated.

With the advancing years and with one’s becoming worldly-wise it often gradually ceases to manifest itself.

However, what another does may cause you to blush if that one should happen to be a close friend or relative.

And their blushing may also cause you to blush.

Though some question it, it does seem that women blush more readily than do men, at least some women do.

But it is quite likely that women today blush less readily than their grandmothers did.

What causes blushing?

A young lady blushing.

It has been described as

a mental disorder which begins with overlapping mental attitudes, producing embarrassment and inability to function.”

It comes and goes almost instantaneously and is an involuntary act.

A person can be made to laugh by being tickled, but there is no physical means by which one can cause another person to blush.

Neither can blushing be termed a reflex action.

Laughter and merriment can be feigned by actors on a stage but not a blush.

Even as it cannot be brought forth at will, the will cannot prevent its appearance.

In fact, to try to do so may cause one to blush all the more.

Strange as it may seem, as well as apparently contradicting some modern theories about blushing, the fact is that blind persons blush, even more readily than those enjoying sight.

Do deaf and blind people blush?

A cartoon image of Stevie Wonder.

Deaf persons also blush.

And most remarkable of all is the fact that even those blind and deaf blush, as did Laura Bridgman, who lost both her sight and hearing at the age of two.

And of Helen Keller, who even earlier in life became both deaf and blind, we are told:

Her blushing can have no relation to looks or words of disapproval, connected either with her appearance or her conduct; yet she blushes just as girls do who see and hear, from the same causes, over the same parts of the body, and with the same experience of tingling.”

This report accords with the findings of some that even when alone a person may blush when visualizing himself in a situation in which he would ordinarily blush or when he happens to be reading something that embarrasses him.

One artist, we are told, nearly drove himself mad trying to portray the charm of a blush on his canvas.

To him it was “the most extraordinary incident in a woman’s face.”

But all he could do was paint rosy-cheeked maidens.

Let it be noted that a blush is not to be confused with a flushing of the face.

A hot flush may be due to some physical condition, such as the menopause of women, or it may be the flush of rage.

Why do humans blush?

A young girl blushing as her sister looks on.

Blushing might be said to be an example of the psychosomatic principle at work, namely, that the mind, the psyche, and the body, the soma, are one; what affects one affects the other.

A confused state of mind, as it were, acts upon the sympathetic nervous system.

It, in turn, stimulates the vasodilators, causing the peripheral capillaries to expand.

The result is that more blood flows to the surface of the face and neck, resulting in a reddening of the skin.

Blushing is a human exclusive.

Animals, do not blush.

They may at times display emotional characteristics similar to those of humans, such as rage, jealousy, affection, playfulness, and so forth.

But they do not blush.

Why is blushing a human exclusive?

A picture of a women and dog face.

Because it involves conceptual thinking and the moral sense, neither of which animals have.

Animals cannot conceive of either the fitness or the lack of fitness of things; neither can they judge between right and wrong.

They are “without understanding,”.

Idiots rarely blush.

And very small children, those who are still without understanding, do not blush.

Thus a young woman may blush when something indecent happens to her or she hears or sees something that seems immodest.

It is as if her purity and innocence were violated.

Then, again, a person may blush because of an awkward situation or for having committed some foolish blunder.

Likewise, a modest or shy person may blush when complimented or when singled out for high praise that suddenly makes him or her feel unduly conspicuous.

Why do persons blush under such circumstances?

As one writer, living more than a century ago, put it, blushing serves as a guardian of the conscience, which tells humans that they must not deceive.

When one violates what he knows or thinks is right, he will blush; it will cause him to feel shame.

In addition to this basic cause for blushing, persons may blush because of having made some mistake, violating the fitness of things in another respect.

It is natural to want to be well thought of, and when one makes an awkward social error or faux pas, embarrassment may cause one to blush.

This would help to explain why most, though not all persons, blush less readily with the passing of the years.

The nervous system becomes less responsive to the emotions and, at the same time, a person’s conscience may become less responsive to moral values.

Blushing therefore helps humans to respond to their conscience, for their own happiness and well-being.

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