In the midst of your twilight zone, step out of your comfort zone

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“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.” – M. Scott Peck

It is the most natural thing – the most fundamental trait of a human being – for us to strive to remove ourselves from any situation which could knock our happiness or unsteady the boat of life as it is has always been known to us. We build, mostly in our minds, sanctuaries in which we restrict ourselves to operate within; but again, it is self inflicted and the irony remains, in that our minds are really the only things we are capable of changing at whim. Oftentimes, we become so accustomed to everyday life, we accept what we need to do each day and we do it, just to keep the ball rolling, and in doing so we lose sight of the bigger picture. We think of ourselves as maturing, growing individuals, with each day taking us one step further to the bearded, wise and virtuous old man image we concoct in our minds; the old man who has accomplished things, the old man who has ‘lived a life’. Yet, this linear view of how we ‘grow’ as people is simply not true. The 20 year old vagabond who uses each day as a chance to challenge him or herself is no less, if not more, accomplished than the 60 year old hermit who knows and can predict every event of his or her life down to a tee. We live our own lives as self-parameterized robots, whilst marveling at other people’s triumphs and their challenges taken- it is a strange paradox indeed. Read More