Why Courage and Comfort Don't Mix
September 13 2018
“You can choose courage or you can choose comfort, but you cannot choose both.”
(Thank you, Brene Brown.)
I sure do appreciate my comforts in life, and I have many. I prefer soft t-shirts and baggy jeans and UGG boots year round. I need my diet coke cold and bubbly (small bottles are better than cans). I love cool sheets on warm nights and warm sheets on cool nights. And those are just my physical comforts.
It’s really not difficult to choose comfort in our part of the world. In fact, we don’t even need to choose it; our lives have become so insulated by comfort, that we hardly even realize most of us are drowning in it. So much so, do we even see that we have a choice? We have the choice to step out of that perfectly-set jacuzzi that is always warm and always inviting . . . and onto a stark polar ice cap. At least that’s what it may feel like to some of us who have not been very courageous lately.
So how would I define courage? Taking Brene Brown’s quote, I would contend a part of courage is stepping away from whatever comforts you depend on and toward something that is UN-comfortable.
Courage could look like this: sitting beside a loved one who is sick in the hospital; starting a business that you believe in; writing your story then sharing it with others; reaching out to make a friend with someone who needs one; stepping out of that “crazy busy” mindset into one of solitude and rest . . . the list goes on.
The thing with courage (as well as comforts) is that they are as individual as each person is. What may be a highly courageous act for one person may not be for another.
Which really makes courage such a beautiful thing. It is as unique as we are.
Have you been living in the land of comforts lately? Do you set up your days, prioritizing your comforts? It may be time to take off your UGG boots and step out into some courage.
I will happily join you, as long as you don't mind my boots (they sort of qualify as my emotional support pets).