Life Begins at the End of your Comfort Zone

rockwell-norman-high-dive-2105383-797861My favorite thing about getting the car washed is shopping for cards.  My experience with car washes (and this is true of a handful I’ve frequented over the years) is that they have wonderful cards – the most humorous, the most meaningful, and not your typical Hallmark variety.

My car wash carries a selection of square cards (I love square cards!) that have great quotes, proverbs and phrases on them – I’m now in the habit of buying and taping them to my fridge.  As I was pulling out a couple more today – my daughter caught me off guard as she was very excited that I was posting these to the fridge rather than posting them in the mail.  She too has caught the quote bug.

One quote that I particularly like is:

“Life Begins at the End of your Comfort Zone” - Neale Donald Walsch

I think about the great experiences my daughter Eliza has had this year, culminating this week at National History Day (which I wrote about earlier this week) – which is one of her best achievements.  I know she wouldn’t have gotten there without some pushing, prodding, a bit of angst and sticking her neck out.

I also think this is a quote for me to take to heart as it relates to my own career (or at this point I should say job) as I’ve purposely chosen work over the past 5 years which is controllable, predictable … and honestly a bit boring at times.  BUT, it enables me to maintain my sanity as I try to keep my finger on the pulse of those dear ones around me, and unfortunately I don’t think I could embrace much more excitement in my career at this time… But my time will come.

So I challenge you all – take this quote to heart, and discover something new that puts you on the edge.  Figure out how to step out of your comfort zone.


  • Sue Says:
    6-18-2010 09:59:14

    Love this quote! After losing my job last year, and in an attempt to find a silver lining in the situation, I have made a very conscious effort to step outside of my comfort zone and see where it leads me. The journey has certainly not been without pain, but I have grown in many new and surprising ways. I know I am a stronger person today because of it – and my life is definitely more interesting.

  • Anne Says:
    6-21-2010 21:19:38

    Sue – I can only say that every person that I’ve known that has been in your shoes – has ALWAYS ended up in a better place. Sometimes, while painful, reorganizations are the push we need to open new doors and start a new. Good luck on your journey!

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