So often today we hear that we need to move out of our comfort zone in order to reach our goals, the stars or our dreams. And I don’t disagree with that premise. We can’t do great things if we are doing the things that make us comfortable all the time.
Does it mean pushing even harder than we do now? Does it mean changing direction entirely? Does it mean only doing the things that challenge us? Or, well, actually it doesn’t matter because this isn’t what this blog is about.
I want to talk about finding our comfort zones once again. At least finding a time and a place where we can settle in and be comfortable rather than running ourselves ragged trying to keep up with everything and everyone on our calendar.
Today I was talking to a woman who was just bubbling over with enthusiasm on a Monday morning before 9 am! She said she felt fantastic because she had had a fantastic weekend. When I asked her what she had done she said, “nothing but sleep, eat and read. I’m totally and completely refreshed and relaxed this morning. It was my kind of comfortable weekend.” Which is when the idea of a comfort day popped into my mind. Wouldn’t it be great if we all plugged a comfort day or at least a part of a day into our schedule for our comfort and peace of mind?
Remember what smelling an apple pie baking in the oven does to bring you to your happy place? Or, how a pot of bubbling soup can evoke memories of full tummies and peace of mind? How about a rainy day with nothing but a good book for company?
All of these things, or pick your own special treat, bring us comfort in their own warm, cozy way. We can relax, sink in and let the stress and worries of the day melt away to be dealt with tomorrow. Unfortunately, the best many of us can hope for is a head cold that keeps us in bed for at least 24 hours in order to find that comfort we so crave.
So what is it that brings you comfort? A visit to grandma, a motherly aunt or mom, herself, where you can be pampered, fussed over and fed your favorite foods, like macaroni or cheese or chocolate cake. Or, is it a quiet day all by yourself? Or, is it a day in the kitchen cooking all your comfort foods? Maybe it is sitting with a leisurely cup of coffee. Or, or, or…whatever it is find your comfort zone, sigh and snuggle in.