Comfort Is An Idol Too

by johnandterri

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When I read, I often find myself writing down  lines or quotes that I like for reasons that I sometimes do not know even why. The one I used to title this blog “Comfort is and idol too“, was from a book called “Poustinia” by Catherine Doherty.

In walking the Camino, we certainly went out of our comfort zone! We slept in a different bed every night for 5 weeks and endured many aches and pains and had none of the “comforts of home”. We certainly learned a lot from this journey that changed us and continues to change us.

In a little less than a month, Terri and I are about to embark on a 5 week travel experience through Scotland and Ireland. This trip is different in that we are not walking everyday, all day long. We will be moving out of our comfort zone again but maybe not quite as far in terms of physical endurance and the levels of discomfort we felt on the Camino. We know from our Camino experience though, that travel changes us.

These days there is a lot of concern about international travel and it can even seem too scary to even consider. We can become paralyzed by our fears. Don’t let that happen! Travel is more important than ever for us. It opens us up and this quote from Mark Twain gives us his reason why he things it is important for us.

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrowmindedness“.

In an AARP article on travel that I read while waiting in the doctor’s office, I thought this guy really nailed it, he said:

By landing in a place where we know no one, we are saying to the world, “Receive us – we make ourselves open to you.

Boy, that is really it! Travel opens us up and changes us if we let it. It almost does it even when we don’t even try.

To paraphase from the book, “Poustinia”: To move away from our “comfort idol” we must “close the wings of our intellect and open the door of our heart“.

Don’t let your fears stand in your way. Travel is important to changing us and yes it is worth it even if it takes us out of our comfort zone!

Blessings,

John

Photograph of the Week

Orvieto, Home Sweet Home

This photograph is one of my most popular and best selling photographs. The image makes me think of being home for some reason. It is why I titled it the way I did. You just want to go up those stairs and be welcomed home by your loved ones.