Comfort

Life is always throwing us some kind of curve ball. These little hiccups are manifested in all areas of our lives and they are very much unavoidable. You could finally be feeling like you are in a good spot at work, only to find out your department is down-sizing, your work-load is increasing, or your new boss is not the type of leader you thought they would be. You could have done an outstanding job with your finances over the months, putting away money whenever you could to get that new car, house, or other major purchase that would allow you to move forward in life, only to find out that an unexpected expense would wipe out all of your savings. You could have some amazing relationships, but circumstances or a disagreement over one thing or another put a strain on those most important bonds.

The point is, that no matter how good we feel in the moment, there is always a chance of things heading south. However, we cannot live our lives in a way where we are always waiting for bad things to happen. In doing that, we become prisoners in our own lives, which shackles us and keeps us from experiencing the best things in life. The key to overcoming this issue is finding sources of comfort, those things which ease the pain and distress that torments us.

Photo Credit: Ryan Magnuson (Devil's Lake State Park)
Photo Credit: Ryan Magnuson (Devil’s Lake State Park)

Comforts come in a number of shapes and sizes. Parents and friends are comforts, as they listen to us and offer their loving advice when they feel it is appropriate. Significant others can do the same, being a shoulder we lean on and a constant person of encouragement as we try to navigate our journey. We find comfort in the books we read, as they may describe things in a way we never thought of, a way that makes perfect sense. We also find comfort in what we represent, which for me, is the God who I live for and represent in my every day life.

We are all very different when it comes to the things that provide us comfort, and that is all perfectly okay. What matters more than anything is that you are able to identify what provides you with comfort and that you think enough of it to constantly keep it in your life. Sure, things do get in the way, and we only have 24 hours in a day, but when it comes to our well-being, we need to make the effort to keep those comforts there.

If you are going through a difficult season right now and feel like there is no escaping, please sit down and take the time to figure out where your comforts lie. It is amazing what can happen when we take the time to forget what troubles us and breathe. Each day provides us with a different journey, a journey which shapes who we are and gets us closer to who we were meant to be.

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