Yes comfort zones are overrated.  Don’t get me wrong.  I LOVE the comfort of the known and the ability to just rest in the familiar.  But there is something to be said for that “other path”.

The second stanza of The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost says:

“Then took the other,  just as fair,

and having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there had worn them really about the same.”

My oldest son had occasion to give a description of me to a group of people, and the one word he used was “adventurer”.  I chuckled when he relayed the story – but he should know. When he was only 18 months old, we flew to Spain with our suitcases and only $28 in my pocket with a hope and a prayer that my illusive, globe trotting father would be there to meet us.  Then when my son was an adolescent, I left the security of family and friends in my home town of Texas to take a job in New York — son in tow.   Adventure?  You bet.  Scary?  More than you may know.

Sometimes I look back and realize how foolish I was at times.  There was no particular ambition that caused me to choose the path I did.  And even now, I find myself at a crossroad of decisions unsure of which way to go — play it safe and secure or venture into something different and unknown?

How about you?  Are you living peacefully in your comfort zone?   Are you struggling with indecision and the need for clarity?  Sometimes it remains “murky” until you take that fateful first step.  Perhaps you have been thrust into a situation, not of your choosing, that now requires you to step out in faith on paths unknown.  The conundrum could be in your career, in your educational pursuits, choices about your health or about your spiritual purpose.  Do you launch out into the deep of waters unknown or wrap your arms around yourself in the hope of insulating against making a wrong step?

There may not be a right answer to that question and maybe only time will reveal what is best.  But rest assured, you will not be alone.


Deborah Marshall

Deborah Marshall

With more than 25 years of experience in public relations, marketing and strategic planning, Deborah brings keen insights into every initiative. She has worked across a variety of industries including media production; healthcare; corporate real estate development and non-profit organizations. Her background includes professional film, television and radio productions, screen writing, international publications, business due diligence, and crisis management. She is a gifted extemporaneous speaker, motivational speaker, Mistress of Ceremonies, strategist, writer and business leader.