March 25th, 2015

Stuck in our comfort zone

“For last year's words belong to last year's language

And next year's words await another voice.”

-- T.S. Eliot

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” -- Albert Einstein

Despite the preponderance of evidence to the contrary, everyone keeps doing the same thing, but can’t understand why their life doesn’t change.

The truth is, we’re wedded to our comfort zone. It’s not just a case of it being too hard to change, it’s because, as paradoxical as it sounds, we (secretly and by dint of our ego) like the fact that we’ve grown into the predictable chaos.

I’m trying not to be tendentious but you’ve no intention on acting on all the good advice that abounds that is demonstrable of awakening to your true self.

Do you?

No, the reality is, if you’re going to outgrow your current skin, you either have to face death, or fully embrace life. (In my case, it was a bit of both -- the subarachnoid haemorrhage and the awakening to my creative self.)

You can’t plan for or predict when these things will happen, but you surely can’t expect to dispense with the nagging doubt that there must be something more, by never stepping out of your (I would say) faux comfort zone.

Perhaps it’s the Lizard Brain that’s holding you back but you know in your heart a shadow existence isn't the one you were born to.

My advice: do one thing that scares you every single day; and then when the final, miraculous awakening arrives, it won’t be half as scary as you imagine it to be.

(Sorry if this sounds preachy, but I felt I needed to write it.)

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