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February 27, 2012

getting uncomfortable

Greetings, friends, and Happy Monday to you!

Since my return from India I'm frequently asked "How was your trip?" This question is so hugely weighted for me that I struggled to answer. How does one summarize such a life-changing experience? Having had two-plus weeks to process, there is one word that keeps coming to me. My trip was confirming.

Let me unpack that a little. As human beings, one of our core desires is to be comfortable. No one likes to walk around in a constant state of unknown or anxiety, which makes us seek the familiar and why the phrase "comfort zone" is even in our vocabulary. 

A little cheesy but accurate.
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One of the things that kept me from signing up for the India trip when I first heard about it was that I knew it would push me incredibly far out of my comfort zone. I also knew that by going, I was going to grow and I went with that expectation. And grow I did! Things that would have taken me a year to figure out on my own were confirmed and validated in two weeks... things about myself and who I am, things about God and who He is, and things about the direction my life is heading. It was exciting. It was terrifying. It was worth it.

Here's the thing: Nothing awesome ever happens in your comfort zone. This statement is true when it comes to your faith, your running, your relationships... Growth and improvement come when you take a risk and push past the point of what's comfortable (normal) for you.

This past week was my first full week of planned workouts, including four running workouts for a total of 21.5 miles. My paces look nothing like they did back in October but I'm on my way. Already included in my plan: intervals (albeit short ones) but I'm getting uncomfortable 800 meters at a time.

I'll leave you with this quote. It's one of my favorites.

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now. ― Goethe

2 comments:

  1. Great quote!

    You are totally right...nothing awesome happens inside the comfort zone. It's when we take those steps to explore and try new things and experiences that the most wonderful things happen!

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  2. I love the phrase, "...unpack that a little".

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