The depth of your life is tested when you face insults. Can you still live with equanimity? If someone insults you, do you need to get bothered? Its an experience made for you. One day, no insult can put you down!
If you see a child playing so seriously with a toy that looks stupid and meaningless to you, do you think that it is meaningless for the child too? The child will cry loudly if you snatch that meaningless toy away. So, if someone who exists at all times is observing you today- toiling for your responsibilities, ambitions, desires, goals, whatever that keeps you working, shouldn’t that someone feel from a bigger horizon of time that all that you are doing, although serious stuff for you right now, is actually meaningless? Just like that child who will eventually grow up and not find that toy meaningful, all your serious stuffs will become meaningless one day, just a few years from now. What about a few hundred years from now? What about a few million years from now? What will be left of your current situation?
But the child has time and it has toy in front of it. It should just play and be happy. What else can a child do? So you too can keep working because you have time & you have stuffs to do. So just like you know that that child is only playing with that toy, nothing much serious, you can also know that the stuffs in front of you are just a few toys- nothing much serious.
When it comes to being on a path of self inquiry or discipline, it’s about maintenance. Are you able to maintain your rhythm everyday? Are you able to accept people every day? Are you able to observe your emotions daily, at all times? Are you able to get up early in the morning and not spend too much time on the newspaper or mobile phone daily? Ok, you did it consciously today. But what about tomorrow? And day after tomorrow? And for the rest of your mornings? All you can do and should do it, do as much as you can. Rest you correct when your vacation of indiscipline is over.