“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” (Neale Donald Walsch)
This coffee cup was a gift and serves as an ever present reminder of how uncomfortable stepping out of my comfort zone can be and has provided “sips” of reflection every time it is picked up. Like the “man in the maze” cup, it seeks to eke out nuggets of wisdom and hidden moments of dis-comfort, prying a sedentary lifestyle off of the couch and out to experience life.
Admittedly, living within our comfort zone can be…well, comforting. No surprises, no pressures, no stresses, no risks, and no real living; a mind-less existence of same old, same old. Living at the “end of our comfort zone” can be challenging, nerve-wracking, risk-taking, feeling fully alive, heart-stopping (not literally) and a major fount of excitement, joy, passion, gratitude, and reflection.
So what stops us? Fear. Fear of risk, fear of other’s opinions, fear of getting hurt (physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially), fear of loss, fear of hurting others, fear of … fear.
But the rewards of stepping off the edge of our comfort zone are worth it. We only have this life to live and perhaps we need to live it to the best of our ability rather than squatting in our comfort zone. It’s hard to do. It’s scary. It’s intimidating. It’s heart-clenching.
But it’s time to find the “end” of our comfort zone and get uncomfortable…
The rewards of stepping off the edge of our comfort zone are worth it. It’s hard to do. It’s scary. It’s intimidating. It’s heart-clenching. But it’s time to find the “end” of our comfort zone and get uncomfortable…