Uncomfortable: That’s How Growing is Done

“Comfort will be the thing that will make a king fall”

About a month ago I sat with a friend while eating Iranian food at three in the morning. We were talking about life and evaluating many of our day to day activities. We talked about how we both enjoy video games, yet upon further evaluation, we realized that the time we invested into that fantasy world did nothing for our “real” world. We talked about how movies are literally the worst date idea ever because movies are great mediums for learning about anything else but each other. We talked about how it’s easier to pretend that our relationship problems don’t exist when we are happy with our significant others so as not to spoil the pleasant memories. We talked about how we had grown accustomed to our fairly simple jobs. We talked about how hard it was to exercise.

It was a great conversation. We tried to discover what our blind spots were and what “time-leeches” existed in our lives. Ultimately, we talked about how much more we could be doing if we weren’t so obsessed with being comfortable.

As a U.S. citizen, I am very grateful and thankful to be alive in this country at this specific time. We have opportunity all around us and for the most part, everything we need to survive and thrive.

However, the abundance and plenty that we have is very very very comfortable.

If you think about it, comfort is only good for one thing: sleeping.

In all other situations and circumstances there are many other more beneficial states to be in than a place of being comfortable.

According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, comfortable is defined as:

“not causing any physically unpleasant feelings : producing physical comfort

: not having any physically unpleasant feelings : experiencing physical comfort

: allowing you to be relaxed : causing no worries, difficulty, or uncertainty”

This post has the sole goal of encouraging you in the uncomfortable season of life that you are in right now. The job hunt, the relationship struggles, the fitness regime, the family reconciliation, the search for your identity, the study grind, the 60 hour work weeks and whatever else you might be living through right now is incredibly uncomfortable.

When we are comfortable we stagnate, yet it is through the uncomfortable seasons that we grow.

Here’s the catch: we can choose to live a comfortable life or an uncomfortable one.

We can choose to do that which we have been doing forever long just because it is comfortable and never be able to see what we might have been able to do had we taken a risk or two, or three.

Don’t be afraid of failing. Be afraid of stagnating.

I will end with two quotes.

One is from the Bible:

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

And the latter is from the lips of Sylvester Stallone’s character, Rocky:

But somewhere along the line, you changed. You stopped being you. You let people stick a finger in your face and tell you you’re no good. And when things got hard, you started looking for something to blame, like a big shadow. Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!

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