Friday, 14 July 2017

Stepping towards the next comfort zone: a Five Minute Friday post



How can I simultaneously be so drawn to staying in my comfort zone and restless to break free at the same time? When did the step that felt so huge become my comfort zone? Where am I seeking comfort? Tomorrow I am stepping (leaping?) out of my comfort zone and meeting up with other writers in a cafe. I have never met a single one of these women. I feel I can barely qualify as a writer in this season. And yet I am drawn to it. Comfortable can be so uncomfortable too. I need something to shake up the status quo, particularly in my writing life or lack thereof. I am turning to distraction for comfort once more instead of leaning into the disquietude and exploring it with my words. The words are bubbling in the back of my mind but I give them no outlet. I stop and remember that what feels new and uncomfortable so quickly turns into a new normal. That quest for stretching out is a never-ending process if I want to be fully me. That changes on a frequent basis. It seems easier on a day where I have stayed in my pyjamas and not stepped past my front door to keep going with that mentality, to stay where it is comfortable. I choose to step towards the next comfort zone instead.

This was written in response to the Five Minute Friday prompt word "comfort" this week. Five minutes set on a timer- no editing, no planning, just writing. It feels good to be back today. 
You can read other people's submissions on this word here.

9 comments:

  1. Be brave, friend - it sets such a good example for your girlie!!!

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    1. That pushes me to do more often! Thanks

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  2. Years ago I wrote a study on Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone. It was more for myself as God had asked me to start writing for Him. I was very comfortable being in the shadows. Through this study I was reminded of different leaders in the Bible that were called out of their comfort zone and how God was there for them when they did. Going through this really helped me in stepping out of my comfort zone of hiding behind the soundboard and start writing. Your neighbor at FMF-42

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    1. It is a lesson he takes me back to frequently! I need to be reminded of those truths time and again. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Sometimes we do feel stuck in our comfort zones, ready to move on but not quite sure. I like the way you look at it as moving out of the comfort zone where it's a little uncomfortable but then it becomes the new comfort zone. And if we don't step out, we might miss that new comfort zone and the new challenges and rewards.

    Love your thoughts here! Blessings to you!

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    1. Thanks. I surprised myself with that as I wrote!

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  4. Jo, no one who read this essay would think you 'barely qualify as a writer'. You're way more lucid than I am!

    You go, girl. You maybe gots things to learn, and for sure things to teach.

    #1 at FMF this week.

    https://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2017/07/your-dying-spouse-336-gods-lighthouse.html

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    1. Thank you Andrew. That means a lot to me.

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