One of the biggest stumbling blocks to living a good life is the belief that comfort and happiness go hand in hand. We have been further deceived into thinking that wealth and material things are the path to comfort and happiness. So, we paint a mental picture of carefree living, void of pain and stress, relaxing peacefully in the hammock of life. This issue of “Clancy’s Quotes” offers a different perspective of comfort. True comfort is more emotional than physical. It is a sense of personal value through worthy accomplishments in pursuit of noble goals. Comfort is being able to go to sleep knowing you did your best, served your fellow man and made a positive impact in the world.

“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about. “ -– Charles Kingsley (1819 – 1875)

Making comfort the goal puts limits on achievement.  Instead, comfort should be treated as a bonus for accomplishing more worthy objectives.

“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.” -– C. S. Lewis

Comfort can become a narcotic and destroy us with the very thing we thought would make us content.

“Minds, like bodies, will often fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort.” -– Charles Dickens

“Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of.” -– Anonymous

With the idea that there are more worthy and satisfying pursuits than physical comfort and that this type of comfort can become a trap, we are ready for the following inspirational piece comes from ”Do It! Let’s Get Off Our Buts” by Peter McWilliams:

“Here’s the premise: We are all, right now, living the life we choose.

”This choice, of course, is not a single, monumental choice. No one decides, for example, ‘I’m going to move to L.A., and in five years I will be a waiter in a so-so restaurant, planning to get my 8-by-10’s done real soon so that I can find an agent and become a star,’ or ‘I’m going to marry a dreadful person and we’ll live together in a loveless marriage, staying together only for the kids, who I don’t much like, either.’

”No. The choices I’m talking about here are made daily, hourly, moment by moment.

”Do we try something new, or stick to the tried-and-true? Do we take a risk, or eat what’s already on our dish? Do we ponder a thrilling adventure, or contemplate what’s on TV? Do we walk over and meet that interesting stranger, or do we play it safe? Do we indulge our heart, or cater to our fear?

”The bottom-line question: Do we pursue what we want, or do we do what’s comfortable?

”For the most part, most people most often choose comfort – the familiar, the time-honored, the well-worn but well-known. After a lifetime of choosing between comfort and risk, we are left with the life we currently have.

”And it was all of our own choosing.”

Start by dreaming again. Dream like a child, without limits and with specificity. Big dreams about specific outcomes lead to passion and passion fuels action. Without the dream, decision and action are more difficult.

“Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.” -– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long-range risks of comfortable inaction.” -– John F. Kennedy

Consistent, long-term action is required for life-changing results and is possible only with dream-inspired passion. A dream without action is a wish. A dream combined with action can lead to a better type of comfort.

God bless,

— CC

© Copyright July 2008, Clancy Cross. All rights reserved.
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