2012 – A year of discomfort

I found this delightful poem that sums up my year of No Comfort Weekly Challenges. It’s a reminder of WHY it’s good to get uncomfortable.

In setting this challenge for myself, I looked for things that took me down different roads (figuratively and literally),

  • made me expose a bit more of myself,
  • encouraged me to look at other points of views,
  • pushed me to wear clothes that revealed the person underneath,
  • helped me engage in new online connections,
  • directed me to volunteer as an editor,
  • led me to take an Adobe InDesign class,
  • nudged me to leave a job,
  • assisted me with finding a new one –  and so much more.

I met others who took the challenge and followed their adventures as well. It was fun and best of all, it’s part of my psyche now.

Now if I could only catch something!

Here is the poem – I did not write it but found it on the internet (where else?)

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!

Here’s to an exciting and fun filled New Year!

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14 thoughts on “2012 – A year of discomfort

  1. I began so well, then life got in the way. Looking back I see that I actually did have to step out of my comfort zone in ways I couldn’t reallyblog about. I’ve had to take on new responsibility for my mother, family circumstances have altered, and I had to stand up to a bully. Thanks for taking us on your journey, and thanks too for giving us the courage to take steps we didn’t really think we could. Here’s to health, happiness and peace in 2013, who knows what is around the corner.


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  3. I did not take the challenge, however, I experienced perhaps the biggest challenge of my life and now am on the other side. I read with interest all the exciting things you did. I did enjoy the journey!


  4. Hi,
    A wonderful poem, and I agree it is good to get out of our comfort zone every now and then, we do discover a lot more than we realize I think.
    Happy New Year.


  5. Carole

    Loved the poem! I didn’t join the online reporting, but it definitely was a year of no comfort zone for me and I think this one will continue. Love reading your posts! Happy New Year, Marge!


  6. It was a great challenge, and even though I slacked off on the postings, it was definitely a year of stepping out of my comfort zone and even better, of realizing I could do that with a positive anticipation. Thank you for setting the challenge and encouraging us!


  7. Love this MargeKatherine, it makes me “think” of my own life and the times I have taken huge risks; and the times I stayed in comfort zones because I was afraid of the unknown and felt I had no choice.


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