“A tiger only needs three things to be comfortable. Lots of food, sleep, and…actually, no it’s just those two things.” -Colleen Houck
I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about comfort. So many seek out comfort above all things. We’ve basically got an entire society based on the quest for comfort, for convenience. It’s not that I sneer in the general direction of comfort, but it is something to be judicious about. Comfort is to be used wisely. In my own life, comfort is for lazy Sundays and for nighttime. I work the comfort muscle to exhaustion with the best mattress, sheets, and pillows! Comfort is also for clothing. If it itches or cuts of my circulation ANY where at all, FORGET it.
There is, however, an interesting thing that happens when one’s relationship to comfort becomes a little skewed. When one places their comfort above all things, a strange thing starts to happen. The circumstances in which one is comfortable become narrower and narrower. Maybe you’ve met (or have been…or still are) the person who finds comfort sitting on the couch for hours. Soon, you’ll need a softer couch and a sharper T.V. screen. Then, you’ll need to lie down on the couch instead of sitting. Then, you’ll want to watch T.V. in bed with only pureed foods. Do you see where I’m going?
The opposite is true. When you are always pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, the zone only gets bigger and bigger. If you’re out for a walk and it starts to drizzle, instead of running inside you keep walking, the next time it rains, it will be comfortable. Walking barefoot in the soft grass will lead to walking barefoot in the woods. Trying a new food that seems a bit strange at first will lead to the discover of a whole new cuisine. Talking to a person you don’t know very well could lead to being a public speaker. Do you see where I’m going?
Find ways to be awkward. Discover a new way to be uncomfortable today.
Here are some ideas:
1. Apologize for something you did, even if you’re not wrong.
2. Go 1/4 of a mile further than you’re used to on your walk.
3. Take a different route to the grocery store.
4. Eat a meal with your fingers, outside…in a full squat.
5. Take a cold shower.
6. Introduce yourself to someone that intimidates you.
7. Learn a new skill.
8. Go somewhere you never thought you’d go.
9. Read a book written by an author that you completely disagree with.
10. Don’t wear shoes.
Have fun with this!
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