The low level violence of being comfortable.
When you’re very comfortable with who you are, where you are, as you are – you’re in trouble. You’re forgetting that the only constant in the universe is change, and if you’re not busy growing, you’re busy dying.
The recent research into brain health affirms that we need change in order to function at our best, to not deteriorate as quickly as some elderly retired people do. It’s not uncommon for a man to have worked 40 years at a job, who retires amidst a great to-do and shortly after expires. I like the analogy of one columnist, describing someone of a certain age, who said “he was one who was well past his best-before date”.
Now this doesn’t mean that we should never be comfortable. Life is difficult enough without not being able to catch your breath occasionally and just enjoy some comfortable habit. But the trick is not to stay there too long and end up with mental arterial sclerosis and a due soon expiration date.
Habits are actually addictions. (Right Use of Will). This makes perfect sense because being comfortable is such a huge draw, it really is a certain level of addiction. Something we crave for, pant after.” Oh, just to get home and be able to put my feet up on my favourite chair!”
Life is a great adventure that takes energy and courage to keep moving forward. That takes willingness to change, to learn, to grow. Only those who listen carefully to new ideas with an open mind and an open heart, not shy away from making the necessary changes in their lives can move themselves and humanity forward and upward yet again. Couraggio, my friends!
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