So, how can we experience the intended benefit of comfort and still remain free to grow and change? Here are four important guidelines:
1. Have a Vision:
It is important to have a vision of the person we were meant to be and to always be in the process of becoming. We must never stop asking, “What do I want to be when I grow up?” At any age, dreams keep us young and free.
2. Keep Stretching:
If we want our dreams to come true, then we need to wake up! Unless they are exercised and stretched, muscles atrophy and so do our heartfelt yearnings. We need to actively keep reaching for our dream, moving forward one step at a time.
3. Rest with Purpose:
Life is not linear. We can not keep charging forward, higher and higher. We need to find plateaus where we can rest, regroup and play. But we can also use this time to check our inner compass and realign our path with our values and purpose.
4. Be True to Your Self:
Lasting comfort comes from knowing who we are and being at home in our own skin. We all have many parts to our personalities, but we need to spend time with the heart and soul behind this cast of characters. We need to invite that Self to come forward and direct our life.
Ultimately, the concept of a comfort zone is an oxymoron. Comfort and joy are the byproducts of a life well lived. They cannot be pursued for themselves and cannot be maintained within a delineated area. Comfort is a reward to be savored in moments of grace.
Copyright (c) 2011 Karin Marcus
Karin Marcus, MS, PCC Professional Certified Coach / Master Retreat Leader
“Let the beauty of what you love, be what you do” Rumi