This is a Deacon Go America message. Happy Fourth.
Our Country is free. What are you gonna do with it?
We have an amazing amount of Freedom in America. We have the freedom to make of ourselves, and our lives, what we want. Do you want to be rich? Famous? Have a big house? Lots of women? Lots of fun?
You can do pretty much anything in America, as long as it doesn’t hurt others.
So why aren’t you?
There is a hidden curse in the American lifestyle, and that is the curse of comfort.
Comfort is a nasty critter, it sneaks up on us and grabs us, and we usually don’t even know it. This critter can make us content with what we have, and make us feel good enough with where we are in life.
Comfort kills dreams.
Comfort makes us content with good enough.
One of the blessings of America is that it provides for people who just want to be comfortable, and it provides well. There is nothing wrong with good enough. If it you are happy with good enough, you will live a good life.
I have a feeling though, that if you are content with good enough, you wouldn’t be reading this blog.
How comfortable are you with who you are and where you are in life?
I don’t mean this in a “good enough, smart enough, and gosh darn it people like me” sort of way. I mean this in the sense of how much you are used to being who and what you are.
It is possible to not like your job, but be comfortable with it. It’s possible to be comfortable with not having a lean, muscular body, even if you want something different.
It is possible to be unhappy with your relationships with women, but be comfortable with it.
The source of all comfort
The comfort we have in life is strongly linked to our routines and habits. Sticking to our habits is very comforting. When we do something outside of one of our habits, it is uncomfortable. When you walk into a coffee shop and see a spectacular woman in there, is it your habit or routine to walk up to her and flirt with her? For most people in this world, the answer is no, and for those people, it is very comfortable not to approach her.
The blessing of the freedom we have in America is that we are free to do things that we are not comfortable with. We have the freedom to break our habits, and change our routines. This is no small thing. This is a luxury, and one that we can afford because of all of the comforts that we have in America.
How to break the curse of comfort
How do we break our habits and change our routines?
This is one of those questions where the answer is simple, but not easy.
It is like asking how to lose weight. The answer is simple, exercise and take in less calories than you burn.
Changing your habits and routines is simple: Do different stuff.
That answer, however, does not describe how difficult it is. In reality, there are a whole bunch of reasons why it is hard to change our habits and routines. It takes effort and diligence, and most of all, it takes an awareness of when the comfort of a habit is sneaking up on us.
Remember, comfort is a nasty critter that will sneak up on you. Even when you have started to make changes and do things differently, that critter might find you and grab you again. Before you know it you are back to your old comfortable habits.
Start by paying attention to your habits
I’ll have more about identifying and changing habits and routines in the future, but for those of you that want to start doing something today, pay attention to your habits, and when you are comfortable.
Everything you decide to do, ask yourself if you are doing it because it is exciting, and pushing you forward in life, or if it is merely the comfortable thing to do.
God Bless America, because we can have the comforts of life, while pushing the boundaries of what makes us comfortable.
Happy Fourth of July everyone.