Day 809: Comfort Zones

At a therapy group last night, we focused on the topic of comfort zones.

People spoke, wrote, and drew images about comfort, discomfort, and challenging/going outside of their comfort zones.

Here’s something else I wrote, yesterday, on a whiteboard in the comfort zone of my office, hoping to reduce the discomfort caused by the uncomfortable cognitive distortion of mind-reading:

Here are some comfort  zones I saw yesterday:

I’m still not completely in a comfort zone with this sleep machine:

…. but I got enough comfortable sleep last night. That’s comforting, because

  1. I  am going outside my comfort zone this evening, when I sing “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” at a party and
  2. immediately after that, I’ll be seeing the comfortably funny while seemingly uncomfortable comedian, Steven Wright.

Why is singing in public a discomfort zone for me? Because of this: when I was very young, I zoned out on stage and forgot the lyrics while I was singing, once.

No matter what happens this evening, I hope to increase my comfort zone about singing in public.

It is well within my comfort zone to post videos in this blog. So, here’s an in-the-zone, a capella street version of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (also in a comfort zone at YouTube).

Also from The YouTube Zone, here is Steven Wright’s first 1982 appearance on the Tonight Show, when he left behind the comfort zone of the local Boston comedy clubs:

What are your thoughts about comfort, discomfort, and comfort zones?

Comfortable thanks to lions and cats, sleep and sleep machines,  A Capella Soul, Steven Wright, people who work on decreasing their discomfort and increasing their comfort in group and individual therapy, those who are brave enough to leave their comfort zones, and you — of course! — for visiting this blogging zone, today.

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35 thoughts on “Day 809: Comfort Zones

  1. Being with the people I love and trust puts me in a comfort zone. Break a leg on your public singing debut- keep the guys in the video in mind and you’ll do fine! They put me in a happy comfort zone just watching them!

  2. We can learn a lot about comfort zones from our cats and dogs!
    Its such a comfort to read your post every morning Ann.
    Have fun tonight in the mighty jungle 🙂

  3. Wow Ann, love that first vid! You’re gonna rock your singing gig too Ann! ❤
    Diana xo

  4. See, there’s the challenge. Coming here every morning to read your blog is a comfort zone thing for me — and then, inevitably, you write something that gets me thinking outside my comfort zone — so you’re the whole tamale! Comfort zone giver and outside comfort zone inspirerer!

    How cool is that — I don’t feel comfortable singing in public either. for a different reason but I don’t. Only difference is, I’m staying comfortable in my comfort zone of not singing in public. 🙂

    And yes, you will rock it because you are you!

  5. You add to my comfort zone, Ann! Enjoy the comedy and knock ’em flat with your singing. Now, THAT is outside my comfort zone!

  6. Enjoy singing tonight! And I like the quip that magic happens outside our comfort zones, and I’m always working on getting outside my comfort zone – I figure if it makes me uncomfortable, I probably should be doing it! 🙂

  7. Have fun tonight. I know you’ll do well.

    • It took me almost a year to see this comment, Jay, and I’m in the zone to respond today. Your words are still comforting, months later.

  8. This blog is definitely a comfort zone; “non-comfort zones” are risky but they are part of life, I would say it’s nearly impossible to live life in the comfort zone all the time. Yet, depending on the character the person has, getting out of the comfort zone can also be traumatic. I would say that for ‘introverts’ it’s a bit harder, so they have to do it more gradually.

  9. I am not good out of my comfort zone, I don’t handle change very well and have anxiety attacks

    • Anxiety can attack when we’re out of our comfort zone, for sure. I like to help people tame that anxiety, even just a little. You help make WordPress more of a comfort zone, Joanne.

  10. I do not like to be in an un-comfort zone…

    • It’s scary! I find that when I name my fear, I can let some of it go and make the zone a little more comfortable.

  11. Weem-a-wop to you, Ann. You are mighty in your jungle. Be comfortable, my friend, wherever you sing Shower, car, party, to Oscar. You’re always in the zone.

  12. Funny how cats always manage to look comfy.

  13. Great comfort zone pics Ann, and I really like your answers on the white board – comforting words to remember. I hope you coped in your out-of-comfort-zone situation last night (I.m late again with this comment!) and that you sang beautifully. Really enjoyed the Facebook version of ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’. The lead singer was definitely in his comfort zone.

    • Thanks, Millie. It’s always comforting for me to see you here, no matter when you drop by. Right now, I’m in the non-comfort zone of YouTube, which keeps zoning out as I’m trying to publish a video of my performance last night.

  14. This would be so far out of my comfort zone that I feel weak even thinking about it! Good Luck… though it must be over by now.

  15. What a marvelous version of The Lion Sleeps Tonight!

  16. Ann … I was a big fan of Johnny Carson and he introduced some amazing talent. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of Steven Wright before, but I like his style.

    Getting out of my comfort zone? Hmmm! That would mean, that like the cats in your photos, I’d have to give up napping and begin mingling with real people. I don’t know how I feel about that. 😉

  17. Pingback: Day 1136: More comfort zones | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

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