Saturday, November 29, 2008

New Slippers, Anyone?


We all know how easy, oh so easy, it is to stay in our peaceful comfort zones. After all, it's nice, predictable, and comfy... just like a pair of fuzz-less, old slippers.

I must admit though, sometimes too much of the same thing gets just a little bor-ing. Like those old slippers, nothing hurts or pinches anymore, they 'schlep' so nice around the house, but, alas, they've been around so long, they've lost any sense of pizzazz.

Recently I've been thinking that maybe it's time to move out of the comfort zone. And I think I'd like a new pair of slippers -- maybe even dancing slippers this Christmas. I'm ready to venture further afield. Creating this blog has given me the courage to actually consider pulling off the shelf one of those binders in which I've got pages of notes and research for the beginnings of a book. And maybe I'll actually gather the courage to sign up for some tango lessons with my hubby (I do love that movie with Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez, Shall We Dance).

Who knows what exciting new challenges are waiting if we move out of our comfort zones, even just a step or two. I'm ready to try on some new shoes! How about you?

Yours for happy challenges,
Brenda



My Comfort Zone
By Author Unknown

I used to have a comfort zone
where I knew I wouldn't fail.
The same four walls and busywork
were really more like jail.

I longed so much to do the things I'd never done before,
But stayed inside my comfort zone and paced the same old floor.

I said it didn't matter that I wasn't doing much.
I said I didn't care for things like commission checks and such.
I claimed to be so busy with the things inside the zone,
But deep inside I longed for something special of my own.

I couldn't let my life go by just watching others win.
I held my breath; I stepped outside and let the change begin.
I took a step and with new strength I'd never felt before,
I kissed my comfort zone goodbye and closed and locked the door.

If you're in a comfort zone,
afraid to venture out,
Remember that all winners were at one time filled with doubt.
A step or two and words of praise can make your dreams come true.

Reach for your future with a smile;
success is there for you!






8 comments:

  1. Good Idea, I need to find something new too, not sure what but one day I will find "slippers" to fit. Evelyn

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  2. Maybe we should go shopping together!

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  3. great thoughts...new challengs, how fun

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  4. can't remember if i commented or not as i'm still vacationing and do this on the run...good ideas to put to use. also old slippers don't give us any support...

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  5. Look forward to seeing that new book!!

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  6. Lin, Good thought about old slippers not giving us any support.

    Betty, I'll be looking forward to yours too!

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  7. RATS!!! You mean I have to give up my "comfies"? I don't like that idea at all. It sounds noble and all of that. But, I just barely got comfortable... now I have to wear pinchy shoes again?

    There is such wisdom in your words. I need a push to spread my wings. I know that's a worthy thing to do... it's one of the purest purposes of life. I find, however that I'm torn between wanting to fly... and wanting to stay snuggled in my nest.

    Your post helps me to think. Lately THAT in and of itself is taking a giant step out of my comfort zone.

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  8. Caryn, You are hilarious! But you said something that made me think about the other side of this topic.

    Being comfortable is not a bad thing... I totally agree, having pinchy shoes is not fun, not good.

    But I guess what I'm thinking is that we can get so comfortable that we start to 'slouch' in our attitudes and in our reaching out for something new and wonderful.

    Maybe we should think about leaving comfort zones like we do about the old slippers. I can wear a comfy old pair for a long time, but one day I finally look at them and think, "blah". Maybe, that's when it's time to find something new, when we say blah?

    And why does the new pair have to pinch in the first place, mmm? I have occasionally bought shoes that fit perfectly from the first day I wore them. Maybe we don't take time to find the right pair?

    Actually Evelyn alludes to that in her comment about....finding the slippers that fit.

    Anyway....food for thought....and I enjoy looking at both sides of this coin!

    So thanks Caryn for making me see a new angle.

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