Perhaps you thought my blog would describe new options to enhance the interior of your home, or even your office. Offices are often referred to as prisons, cubicles or boxes. And you wouldn’t be to far from the point ….BUT, I’d like to sharpen that point and go a little deeper…are you with me?
Let me continue by asking 2 questions, are you comfortable? Question # 2 How comfortable are you on a scale from 1 – 10? (1 being the least comfy & 10 the most) If you answered YES to # 1 (no changing your mind) then this blog is for you. Your answering question 2 allowed the point to sink in, good job!
Where am I going with this? Isn’t the point of contemporary culture to find comfort: comfort from the cold, aches & pains, emotional distress? Our jobs, homes, cars, clothing, relationships all fall in line with our comfort level. We seek out friends, join clubs and attend gatherings that we believe will be safe and and people will agree with our philosophy. God forbid we feel out of place.
If life’s experiences make us uncomfortable then we will either avoid the experience or seek to counter the discomfort when we can’t. When our discontent becomes to great, we may reach for anything that will dull the sensation. Perhaps you turn your attention to what you consider to be a higher power other than your own, or drugs, alcohol, over the counter pain killers, food, a brand new hobby as a distraction,shopping, even pain itself can be a comfort if it keeps us from probing the deeper question: Our discontent. Seldom do we look inside of our own beings and experience the emotional, mental, spiritual or even physical pain and sit with it, asking what wisdom it has for us, what is the lesson. In essence we are avoiding the very experiences that we are longing for. Only when we are left with no other options, do we give in and go that deep. Facing and finding our real selves is profound because this is where freedom lives. Once we discover that our inner world has all the answers, you become empowered and end the life of a Seeker. We ONLY find our truth inside ourselves, any other path is illusion.
Being comfortable is a trap, to much comfort dulls the senses and discourages the exploration of less traveled paths. It is our signal to do something that scares us. Probe the depths of discomfort, the wisdom gained is worth the pain. Yes, you will be out of your comfort zone, YEA! .
By challenging ourselves we grow out of the box and stop justifying it as a necessity. Life will no longer be limited by the size or existence of your box!!!!
“Always do what you are afraid to do.” (1841) —Popularized by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
January 28th updated February 9th 2017
To do what you are afraid to do is to guide your life by fear. How much better not to be afraid to do what you believe in doing! (circa 1881) —Jane Addams
You must do the thing you think you cannot do. (1960) —Eleanor Roosevelt
I’m supposed to do one thing every day that I want to do but I’m afraid to do. (1961) —Mark Toby
Do one thing every day that scares you. (1997) —Mary Schmich