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The search for discomfort

17/02/2013

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair. ~C. S. Lewis

I’m a pilgrim and learned that a pilgrim requires a great deal of humour, some common sense and a spirit of recklessness that’s lost to today’s travellers in search of comfort. Oh, I have often heard this said! How true.

Be fearless. Fear will stop you from pursuing your dreams, and could cause you to give up and give in, keeping you a prisoner in your comfort zone. Life is not about being comfortable. It’s about pressing forward out of your comfort zone. It’s about getting up everyday and accepting whatever challenge(s) you are faced with. You have a vision for your future. That’s how to make the most of your life.

Cracking your comfort zone involves feeling fear and befriending the bastard. Your fear is there for a reason. Respect and embrace it.

The search for comfort is problematic and avoids learning, experiencing, personal growth/ development. Whereas comfort is familiar. No challenges. No learning. No new experiences. Doldrums. No growth.

This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content, when deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.

Rather the search for discomfort rather than the dominant all pervasive consumption model created by advertising, obsolescence and credit. This enslaves, cripples, indebts people who are powerless to respond. Comfort involves little direct effort as this is for experts to do.

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