Most people like to be comfortable.

We like to stay in our comfort zones.

We have our favourite comfortable chair at home, eat comfort food and drive comfortable, climate-controlled cars.

We want to earn a comfortable living and aspire to a comfortable (preferably early) retirement.

But recently, I’ve realised that comfort isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and it’s become a curse that holds so many people back in this post-industrial age that we live in.

When we’re too comfortable, we’re less likely to take the necessary risks to make improvements to our own lives and the world around us.

We’re less likely to see the need to further develop ourselves.  “What’s the point of learning?  I’m comfortable as I am!”

Even if we’re not completely happy with the results that we’re getting from our lives, if we’re reasonably comfortable, there’s little incentive to change.  “Why change?  It’s not that bad.”

And we don’t want to see the pain and suffering in the world.  “Get those starving kids of my TV, they’re making me feel uncomfortable.  If I see it, my conscience will compel me to do something about it.”

And you just know that’s going to be uncomfortable.

Comfort.

So often we aspire to be comfortable, but it’s really not an aspiration at all.

Comfort seduces us with its Siren song of self-satisfaction, warmth and convenience.

If we’re too comfortable for too long, it can be hard to escape its clutches and we end up not making a difference, not reaching our full potential and with skills that have atrophied due to lack of use.

Billy Graham once said, “Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has.”

It’s people who embrace the uncomfortable who do something meaningful with their lives.

They’re not afraid to change, to question their current state, to push themselves further than they thought they could and to give of themselves even when it’s inconvenient and sacrificial.

Don’t fall for the curse of comfort.

You’re better than that.

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