Moving Beyond One’s Comfort Zone

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Bird-of-Paradise (2015)

It seems to me that as I get older, my comfort zone shrinks. I am very comfortable on my lanai — a space just large enough for two rocking chairs, a lamp table, and a few plants. I do leave the lanai, of course, to go to my part-time job at church. I used to travel quite a bit internationally, yet now I am content with less frequent travel, and to countries where I have already traveled. I enjoy the friends I have made over the years, and sometimes feel that it would take great effort to make new friends.

There are times, however, when I am able to push the limits of my “comfort zone.” Creating and writing a blog is perhaps the best example! New experiences require a willingness to take risks and an acceptance of unexpected results. In this first week of this blog, I have received so many votes of confidence from family and friends that I am encouraged to continue.

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Bird-of-Paradise Close-Up (2004)

A second example of my trying the “uncomfortable” is my new adventure with painting. Years ago, I thought I might like to paint, but doubted that I could put on paper or canvas what I was seeing. I looked to photography instead. For years, I have been photographing birds-of-paradise, perhaps my favorite flower. I saw them first in California, and now am surrounded by them here in Florida. A few weeks ago, I joined a painting class (acrylics) at my church. Our artist instructor asked us simply to start painting! I knew nothing about brushes, colors, mixing acrylic paints — anything beyond elements of good composition that I learned in photography. It was a bit scary “jumping into the pool at the deep end.” What I discovered is that I enjoy painting much more than I thought I would. Sometimes, moving beyond one’s comfort zone has unexpected and pleasant results! My third painting is of a bird-of-paradise — copied from one of my own photographs.

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Painting of a Bird-of-Paradise (2015)

 

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7 thoughts on “Moving Beyond One’s Comfort Zone

  1. I am so proud of you, Doris! Your bird of paradise is amazingly well done. My mother was an incredibly talented artist, who not-infrequently painted from her own photos just like you’ve done. — I look forward to following your future artistic endeavors 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Susan. You often spoke of your artist Mom. I remember admiring her series of annual Christmas cards. This painting business is trying to teach me patience . . . slow learner, I’m afraid.

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  2. I find it true one must move on and find their comfort zone when experiencing a loss. During the last 3 years I have seen 8 friends & relatives pass onto eternity. To compensate for their loss I have found it is necessary to initiate a friendship rather than wait for another person to do so. Sometimes it is not comfortable to make that phone call or write a note but I have found it produces more positive than negative responses. In Michigan joining the YMCA has given me new contacts.

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    1. Mary B, thank you for your comment. You are very courageous about initiating contacts and reaching out when you are experiencing so many losses yourself. I always intend to send cards and write notes but do not take the time. Thank you for the inspiration and motivation to follow your example.

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