This is a guest post by Tanner Colton from Unboxed Life
In our society, everywhere we turn, we are told we should be comfortable all the time. From the multitudes of medications and pills to treat every ailment under the sun to the countless insane diets and weight loss solutions, our fixation with removing every ounce of discomfort from our lives is very much apparent. I would argue that because of this fact and our ongoing relationship with passivity that we have numbed ourselves to any kind of discomfort in our lives. It might be counter-intuitive to claim that this is a negative thing, but the principles of Unboxed Living would lead us to such a conclusion.
Is being comfortable really conducive to a life that matters and leaving behind your own personal legacy? By removing any opportunity for discomfort and the endless ways we can placate our lives are we really limiting our ability to expand our minds and find reprieve from our boxes? I would argue YES. There are various reasons for this fact but lets explore a couple here and see if we can find some ways to embrace the chaos in life and find power within it.
It seems that today, in our current state as a people, we have let our need for comfort translate into fear of the unknown. Instead of looking to the journey with all its ambiguity and challenge as a source for motivation, we have become fearful of the path we can not see the end of. We have decided that to find happiness in life we must be able to see and realize the conclusion of its twists and turns. We hesitate and seek an exit when life asks of us to walk in faith and to embrace the unknown, for in the mysterious is found our great human potential. The fear we create becomes the most powerful limiting factor as we try to follow our passions and escape the boxes that hold us down. Let us conquer that fear by removing the negativity associated with the unknown and allow our life journey to unfold before us.
This kind of debilitating fear can hinder us in our Unboxed Journey. That is not to say fear itself can not be an asset and a tool to move us closer to our destiny. As we purposefully and deliberately seek out discomfort and unknown we begin to experience a different kind of reaction to fear. The fear becomes the stage on which our human potential plays out its magnum opus. Fear of the unknown turns into a primal reaction that reveals to us the creative, compassionate, and constructive supremacy held within our souls. Our mental and emotional capacity is widened and amazing things are born from our souls. In this way the discomfort of the unknown in life actually can elevate us to levels not otherwise accessed in our life of comfort.
By resigning to a life of comfort and familiarity we are severely limiting the potential that exists in each of us. Though our society tells us that comfort, familiarity, and ease are to be sought after and embraced we must fight that notion. The aptitude for creativity and the potential to affect the world in unimagined ways must not be hindered by our unfounded fixation on removing discomfort from our lives. Let us realize that anything worth doing will be uncomfortable and remember that if we are to fulfill our destiny and achieve our legacy:
We must become comfortable being uncomfortable
We must accept that we do not know what is next and that the universe is not required to inform us of what is next
We must strike out in faith and with the inspiration of our hearts as our fuel and the passion of our souls our propulsion
We must relinquish control of our destiny and control over our environment
To seek guarantees, comfort, and complete clarity in life will only lead to limitations and mediocrity. Our ability to harness the power of existing in the unknown and the uncomfortable will afford us the ability to achieve the impossible. Seek not signs, promises, or confirmation of the current path you take. Be assured that with your heart in the lead you will find your way to your ultimate destiny. And in that, find comfort.
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