Stretching the Comfort Zone

I’ve been trying to live outside my comfort zone lately. Re-learning to drive, supervising a new employee, introducing myself to strangers at social events–none of these come naturally. But they all feel good once I make myself do them.

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” Ali Binazir, author of the wonderful Tao of Dating, puts it this way:

“Remember that in life, everything that you want is outside of your comfort zone. Because if something is inside your comfort zone, it’s either something you already have or something so trivial as to be undesirable: you don’t want something you already have. So in order to get what you want but don’t yet have, you have no choice but to venture outside of your comfort zone.”

To me it feels more like stretching my comfort zone, the same way I stretch my muscles on my yoga mat. Maybe with these “comfort zone stretches,” I’m expanding my soul’s capacity and strength, giving it its own version of a workout.

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