Yesterday someone said to me that what she felt called to do felt really outside her comfort zone. I replied that one’s comfort zones is like a prison cell with the door open. You like staying inside and looking out through the bars, even though you can walk out any time you choose.
So why do we choose easy and comfortable? Because it feels safer, we resist change, we avoid challenge, and we live in a culture of an easy chair.
Don’t Choose Easy
If you’re reading this piece, you’ve grown up in an era where entitlement has been a strong influence. It’s almost like there’s been an invisible banner plane that flying daily over your home and your town, and the banner reads, “You deserve to have what you want!”
This is a growth stopper, a halt to progress, a killer of dreams, and all that is possible. Believing that you deserve to have what you want causes you to become inward focused, willing to settle for less, that results in a lack of caring about other people and determines whether or not you leave a positive footprint of your life in the world.
Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz, wrote another book he called A Million Miles in a Thousand Years in which he challenges the reader to not settle for a comfortable life, but choose to live a better story because all our stories matter. He says if you live your life like a story, make it a good and challenging one where you accomplish meaningful things, so that no one shrugs their shoulders when the credits roll.
“Every life is a story. Whether it is a story worth telling and talking about, though, is up to you. People set out with grand dreams of changing the world, falling in love, doing something amazing. But the drift toward the merely acceptable happens almost without notice. That does not have to be your story.”
The “Keep Calm” signs are trending. Have you seen them?