If we can be brutally honest: probably not very often.
Who among us wants to encounter additional fear, stress and discomfort on purpose?.
It’s much easier to stay in our own bubble of safety, security and certainty.
Where life is predictable. Where we know what’s expected of us.
Day after day, we drive the same route to work.
We frequent the same same grocery store, week after week, because we know exactly where to find the milk, butter and eggs.
We visit chain restaurants that have the same decor and the same menus.
We associate with people who look like us, who think like us.
We are comfortable, cozy and complacent.
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
~Neale Donald Walsch
Here’s the thing: All of human progress has been made by those who stared down Conventional Wisdom, shrugged their shoulders and flipped him off.
Envision Europeans boarding a boat coming to America. The Wright Brothers at Kittyhawk. Margaret Sanger developing birth control. Jackie Robinson playing for the Yankees.
The golden thread of commonality that runs through all these progressive thinkers is a willingness to step beyond safety and a refusal to live a stale state of existence.
They faced fear, failure, rejection, ridicule and sometimes death in making their dreams a reality. Their dream of something better in turn freed countless others to live their dreams.
Every New Day is an Opportunity to Stop Embracing the Status Quo
The dominant social paradigm of believing that humans are superior to other all other species and that the Earth provides unlimited resources for humans is no longer viable.
Progress is being redefined: Inclusiveness and collaboration, benefiting the whole instead of the few.
As this change occurs, we are being called to step beyond our comfort, to break with conformity and make a difference.
To Engage as if OUR Lives depended on it.
Spoiler Alert: it does!!
It should be noted that we are actually living on the knife’s edge of human evolution.
In all likelihood, we are enjoying more freedoms than almost any other ordinary person since the beginning of civilization. In civilized history it has NEVER been easier to speak out, stand up and create the world we KNOW is possible.
This is not a time to play small.
There are many many people who are working toward solutions and while their work is truly admirable, there are also too many of us sitting on the sidelines, content to distract ourselves from the crumbling of every institution around us.
You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something,
build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
~R. Buckminster Fuller
Leaving the safety of our comfort zone is scary as hell.
There’s lots that could go wrong.
But there is soooooo much that could go right.
Here’s a few ways to leave your comfort zone behind:
~Get involved physically. Pick a cause and volunteer. You can do anything from pick fruit to mentor young moms, fundraise for charity through runs, walks or rides. Donate blood. Start a clothing drive, start a neighborhood food drive. Transport the elderly , rock crack babies. Clean a beach.
The possibilities are endless and all needing your help.
~Create new relationships. At work, in your neighborhood. Attend discussions. Talk with people who think differently than you.
A Republican friend called and invited me to a breakfast for her candidate. I decided to go just because I respect her and wanted to understand her viewpoint . The event was an eye opener. I have a much better grasp of what floats the GOP boat.
~Invest Your Emotional Self. Take chances. All risks are growth experiences. Make mistakes. Allow yourself to fail. Learning comes from Failure. When you challenge yourself, you discover talents and resources hidden. Muscles that you never knew are strengthened.
And your comfort zone expands.
Our world is changing rapidly. Each and everyone of us is needed for the journey ahead.
It’s time to leave comfortable behind.
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world:
the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
~ George Bernard Shaw
To becoming Unreasonable!!