You can choose courage or you can choose comfort. You cannot have both.
Being comfortable is just fine. I’m comfortable right now. It’s sweet.
But it’s also dangerous.
Human beings aren’t designed to stay comfortable for extended periods of time. We need to mix it up, allow for life to keep us on our toes.
To choose comfort over courage routinely can cause problems.
Comfort’s ambitions will grow. Here’s how Kahlil Gibran describes the dangers of comfort:
Have you only comfort [in your house], and the lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house a guest, and then becomes a host, and then a master?
Ay, and it becomes a tamer, and with hook and scourge makes puppets of your larger desires.
Though its hands are silken, its heart is made of iron….
The lust for comfort murders the passion of the soul and then walks grinning in the funeral.
Doesn’t sound like fun, does it?
I’m not saying don’t be comfortable.
I am saying, do things that make you uncomfortable. Strengthen the courage muscle, if for no other reason than to keep Comfort from getting too strong.