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  • Liz Sterling


This was a memorable weekend. I waded out of my comfort zone and ventured beyond my limitations.

Let’s start with comfort zone, as defined by Lifehacker. It’s considered a "behavioral space where your activities and behaviors fit a routine and pattern that minimizes stress and risk" -- the operative words here being stress and risk.

We all seek a sense of familiarity, security and certainty. It’s when we step outside our comfort zone that we're taking a risk and opening ourselves up. Sometimes that produces stress and anxiety. That’s what gets in the way.

Yesterday, I left my comfort zone unexpectedly...

A friend who was visiting from Vermont loves to swim in the ocean. Our recent winter weather didn’t phase him a bit. The aqua blue waves and crystal clear water was all he wanted. Temperature wasn’t an issue, at all.

I decided to sit in a lounge chair and watch him do his thing but something called me to walk up to the ocean's edge. I put my feet in the water and it was COLD! But I stayed for a minute or two and acclimated. “Not too bad,” I thought…. and then with a momentous force — I dove in!

The freedom and invigoration and the excitement of it all lasted for almost 10 minutes and it was really liberating. I’ve been telling myself for a long time I like to swim in 87 degree water. Turns out the ocean was 74 and I loved it. Brrrrrr and Great!

I learned that unbridled joy was just outside my comfort zone. How about you? Is there something that you are ready to dive in to?

Women's Wisdom Circle

Wednesday, January 29th 10:30 AM - 12 Noon

This week's topic: Our Comfort Zone

Levis JCC Sandler Center, Boca Raton

Membership is not required. $13 payable at the door.

21050 95th Ave S, Boca Raton, FL 33428


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