Pat at Writer on a Horse is hosting this month's First Spiritual Thursday with thoughts by bloggers on "Getting out of your comfort zone..."
Have you gotten comfortable in one spot? It is easy to do. I do it when I can. It really is easier than moving on and taking chances. Facing the known, no matter how unhealthy, unrewarding, even awful, it is, it is better than meeting the unknown - stepping out of your comfort zone and into the Discomfort Zone...
Being voted “Class Quietest” in high school, I was never one for speaking out or speaking my mind…I was a listener. So you might say that my blog is even out of my comfort zone...
I think my most amazing step outside of my comfort zone, was singing a solo. Singing alone was truly terrifying to me - If I was singing alone outside of the shower or not in the confines of my car, I'd better be in a choir or a quartet...I could do those. But not alone. No solos for me. I knew I would choke. Positively die choking on notes.
But one day I was pushed out of my comfort zone. Being pushed out of my comfort zone was like being pushed out of a plane! Until I realized I had been issued a parachute.
I had been asked by the pastor to sing a solo. Now if the pastor asks you to do something, you do it. If the pastor thought God
I learned that I could sing alone in front of people, if it was for God.
When I did that, the most amazing thing happened. He took over. Took over my feet, pushing me forward to the front. Took over my hands, taking away the trembling. Took over my eyes, focusing me on the back window where for the first time I noticed that the lines of the two windows coming together high in the back wall made a cross. Took over my heart, showing me that this was being done for Love. Took over my voice, putting forth a sound of singing I had never heard before.
That day opened up a whole new aspect of worship for me. And I will ever be thankful that I was asked to step out of my comfort zone. It would have been selfish, foolish and even prideful to remain in my comfort zone.
Because of our move, we have begun attending a new church that will be much closer to our new home. There was a call for music “specials”. It is a small church, and we have only recently joined. I was going to wait much longer to “volunteer” to sing.
But then I asked myself “why would you wait to serve?” Yipes! That is right. So I signed up to sing in two weeks. This is going to be a totally new zone. But I am assured that my “Comfort” will be there holding my hand.
Stepping out of your comfort zone, gives you the power to try another zone that you thought would be too far a walk.
Maybe that is why I picked the One Little Word: REACH. I’m not really one for reaching past where I'm comfortable, but the baby poem last week was a new zone.
Maybe that is why I tried the motorcycle. Way out of my comfort zone. I was sure I would never ever ride a motorcycle. But here I am riding in a new zone.
I can enjoy the ride now. I can enjoy the singing now. Who knew?
I wonder, what new "Discomfort Zones" will be conquered this year? I must always remember that getting out of one's Comfort Zone just means there's a new experience that isn’t quite comfortable yet.
Forging a rocky, overgrown, rough patch or "Discomfort Zone", it can become a well-worn path as we walk it often, taming it, resulting perhaps in a new "Comfort Zone"!
Thanks, Pat! I'm glad I finally "talked this through"!