“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.”

Jim Rohn

On the vast stage of existence, we’re all actors playing a role, wearing one of two masks: discipline or regret. Each mask, each path, is accompanied by its own unique flavor of pain. It’s the unalterable truth, the immutable law of existence. Suffering isn’t an option, but choosing its form is.

Discipline, the silent warrior, is a feather-light burden. Like a drop of ink in a river, it’s small but significant. It sneaks into your life in ounces, a subtle yet constant companion. It asks for your time, your commitment, your focus. It might appear demanding, even unreasonable at times. But discipline is a trainer, sculpting us, building resilience, strength, and character. Its pain is short-lived, a spark rather than a flame. And like a well-crafted ship, with every stroke of its pain, discipline takes us closer to our destinations, our dreams.

Regret, on the other hand, is the ghost that lurks in shadows. It’s a heavy, crippling beast. It slumbers silently, only to awaken in the twilight of missed opportunities and unfulfilled dreams. Its weight is insidious, a chain of iron wrapped around your heart, one that only grows heavier with each passing moment. Regret doesn’t ask, it takes. It steals joy, breeds resentment, and erodes the vibrant hues of life, leaving behind a monochrome landscape. Its pain is not a spark but a wildfire, consuming everything in its path. It’s the unwelcome passenger, pulling us farther away from our destinations, our dreams.

And there lies the glaring contrast: discipline weighs ounces, regret weighs tons. One is a manageable, beneficial pain; the other is a devastating, lingering torment. Each moment, we have the choice – to bear the slight weight of discipline now or to carry the enormous burden of regret later.

Your future isn’t written in the stars, it’s forged in the fires of your choices. So, choose wisely, choose discipline, because the price of regret is simply too high to pay.

Stephen Boudreau serves as VP of Brand and Community at Virtuous Software. For over two decades, he has helped nonprofits leverage the digital space to grow their impact. To that end, Stephen co-founded RaiseDonors, a platform that provides nonprofits with technology and experiences that remove barriers to successful online fundraising. He is an avid (but aging) soccer player, audiobook enthusiast, and the heavily-disputed UNO champion of his household.

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