“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” (Neale Donald Walsch)
Does it really? Do I need to totally discard comfort in order to truly live life? Or maybe, does comfort allow for the uncomfortable to flourish?
Culture simultaneously challenges us to break free from comfort zones while also providing for their longevity. With the constant offering of pleasures anew, along with the comfort found in instant gratification, we live in a confusing and uncomfortable culture.
Perhaps living too much in one or the other — comfort or discomfort — actually stifles real living. Maybe having the structure created by some level of safe, secure, and familiar provides much-needed security. That security then allows for the regular experience of discomfort in successful ways.
Comfort for Discomfort
An organized, comfortable home gave my kids the security they need to go on adventures and meet new people. It gave them promise of a comfortable sanctuary for rest and recuperation waiting for them when they get at home.
Knowing I can produce a lot of volume pretty quickly as a writer gives me the confidence to venture into the scary and challenging world of book writing. I find comfort knowing that the act of writing a lot comes easily. This inspires me to try new styles and genres that might not come naturally.
Dressing comfortably helps me be more social, which is uncomfortable for my shy and introverted self. I’m just braver mentally when I’m comfortable physically.
The God of Comfort
Being comfortable with God, knowing He goes before me and with me (Deuteronomy 31:8) creates an deep comfort. That comfort makes me want to be brave and to tell others about Him. Having this comfort zone with God compels me to make my life a transparent example of His grace and mercy.
So yes, “life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” However, your comfort zone can also provide a structure for bravely venturing into the uncomfortable areas of life.