Updated: Jul 4, 2020
As a society we look at being uncomfortable in a negative light. A crooked picture isn't appealing, we want to get out a level and tap it a few times to the left and to the right until we get that perfect straight line. But what if we just left it? What if that crooked picture was just supposed to be crooked? What if the wood frame the picture is surrounded in was made from a tree that just refused to be sanded down to make "perfect" edges? We teach children to color inside of the lines, encourage them to draw full characters, two ears, two eyes, two legs, two hands, 10 fingers and 10 toes. So when they encounter someone missing an arm or a few fingers they're confused. This isn't what they were taught, this is wrong! Colors stay inside the lines and body parts shouldn't be missing!
What we fail to realize is that when we are uncomfortable we are learning something about ourselves. Maybe it's a sign that we are entering into a different season or that we're not using out voices or talents in a way that we should or can. But, what if we stop correcting ourselves and others? Instead we encourage coloring outside of the lines and drawing the world as we see it? We have to start encouraging ourselves to start getting comfortable with the uncomfortable. You see, "being comfortable is overrated, being quiet is comfortable, keeping things the way they've been is comfortable, and all comfort has done is maintain the status quo." - Luvvie Ajayi
Each day I wake up and encourage myself to do something outside of my comfort zone. Whether it's taking a brush full of black paint to a white wall and free handing a design I feel and see in my head, placing gold leaf on a bench wherever it falls, or biting my tongue when my 9 year old decides to make a peanut butter, salami and cheese sandwich out of a hot dog bun. We all have the power to make uncomfortable decisions and sand across the grain, without it we are only limiting our growth.
Wishing you love and the uncomfortable,