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Liberty, taking the word in its concrete sense, consists in the ability to choose.
-- Simone Weil


Tuesday, November 18, 1997

Comfort often is not even comfortable

Comfort is simply what we’re used to. The marathon runner is more comfortable running than he is sitting still, even though running is very demanding physical effort. The successful salesperson is more comfortable making calls, than making excuses.

The “couch potato” is more comfortable being uncomfortably overweight, than getting up and walking around the block a few times.

Much of what we consider comfortable, isn’t even very pleasurable. In fact, it is often downright unpleasant. Yet it is what we’re accustomed to, and that’s why we cling to it.

Comfort is in the eye of the beholder. Commitment, focus and effective effort can be just as comfortable as laziness and indulgence. Is your desire for certain comforts holding you back? Then re-examine and re-define what you consider to be comfortable. Become comfortable doing the things that will move you in the direction of your dreams.

— Ralph Marston

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