Today is Life List Club day! I am lucky to have the talented Emily Moir guest posting. She’ll be giving us all a kick in the pants (or a punch in the arm) to get out of our ruts and get moving again. Let me tell you a little about Emily before she gets started:
Emily has lived in Utah for nearly twenty years, and in the Tooele area for about fifteen of those years. When not writing, she can be found with her nose in a book, lurking around the movie theaters or out enjoying nature. Emily primarily writes fantasy, short psychological-horror, and humorous articles. She is currently writing a fantasy series entitled The Chronicles of the Gossamer Dreams.
I once heard that comfort was the enemy of ambition. I think worse than that is being comfortable with being uncomfortable. No one is really comfortable living from check to check, being 30lbs + overweight, or leaving their passion to simmer on the back burner. But we all do it. Why? Because that’s the way it’s always been. We’re used to the sub par life. It’s like having a really annoying boyfriend who only speaks to you about food and is obsessed with porn. You’re not really sure why you’re still with him except that you’ve been with him for so long you don’t know how to be alone. In these cases you need to get punched. I’m speaking metaphorically here. Hopefully you don’t have a boyfriend throw a fist at you. However, we’re not going to change unless we become uncomfortable with being uncomfortable. What’s it going to take to knock the wind out of you? To make the need for air so great that you’ll pull your head up once and for all? Some people say it’s hitting rock bottom. For me, I don’t believe there is such a thing. Not to be a Negative Nancy, but if you’re stuck in a sinkhole you either need to find a way to claw out or continue to sink. For the lucky, you can find inspiration. A love tap if you will. Something someone does or says that flattens you, makes you cry and hate yourself a little, but then gives you the resolve to move up. I’ll share one of this years punches for me, Sucker Punch. I love this movie so much. It makes me do the “I just ran over my toddler” hysterical type bawling. It also makes me stand up and face each day, especially the crummy ones. So I’ll leave you with the quote that socks me in the stomach any time I think it‘s OK to be “comfortable”.
And finally, this question: The mystery of whose story it will be, of who draws the curtain, of who sets the stage. Who is it that chooses our steps in the dance, who drives us mad, lashes us with whips and crowns us with victory when we survive the impossible? Who is it who does all these things? Who honors those we love with the very life we live? Who sends monsters to kill us, and at the same time sings that we’ll never die? Who teaches us what’s real, and how to laugh at lies? Who decides why we live, and what we’ll die to defend? Who chains us, and who holds the key to set us free? It’s you. You have all the weapons you need. Now fight!
Have you found yourself getting a little too comfortable with being uncomfortable? How did you handle it?
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Thank you, Emily for giving us all something to think about! Oww, that hurts! But, I get it now!
I’m guest posting over the awesome Gene Lempp’s blog today! Gene writes an well-researched, totally engrossing blog post every Wednesday called Designing from Bones. Don’t miss it! But right now, hop over to Gene’s and catch my post for today, Jack Canfield-The Biggest Intention Killer.
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