Greetings, Art Lovers!
The uncomfort zone,
I find myself caught in a mental tailspin, I reach for
one of three little books (Choice, Renewal, and Purpose)
I have propped up in the corner of my office next to
my desk. The Portable 7 Habits are little books
written and presented in a fun, easy read, inspirational
format, by Franklin Covey.
I picked up Renewal and read, “Safety is the most unsafe
spiritual path you can take. Safety keeps you numb
and dead. People are caught by surprise when it
is time to die. They have allowed themselves to live
quote by Stephen Levin, a poet, author and spiritual
teacher, caught my attention because lately I’ve been
pondering the topic of “comfort zone” (safety) and how
often I find myself outside of mine. As a basketball
referee, naturally, you can guess how often. On
the basketball court surrounded by screaming fans and
sometimes explosive coaches, it can get quite uncomfortable.
discovered early on in my basketball officiating career
that you can’t be a people pleaser and referee. You
simply have to master the rules, be confident in your
ability to apply, interpret and implement them and then
make the call. My experience has been that the
people exhibiting the most fury over a call, don’t know
the rule. Granted…as officials we do make mistakes…of
course…we’re human. Needless to say, I’ve learned
a lot about becoming comfortable out of my comfort zone.
Or maybe better said, expanding my comfort zone.
Louden, a best-selling author, life coach and social
commentator said, "I define comfort as self-acceptance.
When we finally learn that self-care begins and ends
with ourselves, we no longer demand sustenance and happiness
so my comfort zone is where I experience self-acceptance?
Interesting. And I can also say that my personal
acceptance rate is higher in places I’ve previously
experienced and excelled in. I think that’s probably
the case for most people…if you’ve been there and done
that before…then you expect the same or similar results.
without taking that first step into unfamiliar territory
nothing would ever change. And let me tell you,
having lived in unfamiliar territory…often…it stretches
you, molds you, drives you to keep trying new things.
Pioneering new ground is scary on one side and
satisfying on the other. At any moment you can
fail, but at any moment you can also succeed! That’s
the joy of trying.
I look to a few of the people I admire…
Dwight D. Eisenhower, "There is no victory at
bargain basement prices."
Earhart, "The most effective way to do it,
is to do it."
Roosevelt, "Human beings have never been as
fine as they should be except individually in great
inspired by the mere fact that they didn’t set out to
do great things. They simply lived who they
were and greatness followed…but I suppose this depends
on your perspective.
too easy to settle into the ruts of same...and then
complain about them. We all do it. But maybe we can
kick ourselves out of this behavior of settling and
staying small. So long as we continue to
take action…all will be well. I learned that lesson
in the military. As a soon to be 2nd Lieutenant I was
taught, "It not as important as to what decision
you make, but rather that you MAKE a decision.
You cannot allow yourself to be stunned into indecision
and put your entire platoon in danger while they sit
there waiting for you to lead."
author Victoria Holt said, "Never regret. If
it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience."