Writing Prompt 100: Comfort


I find that people—at least the people that I’ve had a chance to get to know—are often trying to grapple with their desire for comfort and how it stands against their search for discomfort. They want to feel grounded and have their own space, but they also want to challenge themselves and explore new things.

As a word, ‘discomfort’ feels unappealing—particularly if we’re meant to understand it as the opposite of ‘comfort’. But the way I see it, emerging from your safe haven or your cave (depending on how you style it) gives you the chance to experience more than your familiar with. And what can that lead to but growth, perspective, and change?

Striving for some sort of balance between the two seems to be the right way to go about it. That’s the way with most things, no? They don’t have to be mutually exclusive. If we do find it, we’re able to stay on our toes while also making sure we have a place—or state of mind—to seek refuge in when and if we fall.

My thoughts for the day.

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