Comfort Zones


It is so easy for one to become smug and withdraw into one’s comfort zone.
One creates his comfort zone by going after what one believes to be “success”.
In today’s materialistic world, success is often defined
by what we make,
by what we earn,
by what we possess.
Real success, however, should be defined in terms of what we do for others,
by how we make them happy,
how we make a difference in their lives,
how we come to their aid when they need it.
Staying in my comfort zone is remaining in the shallows.
Helping and being a man for others is putting out into the deep waters
and taking the risk of stormy weather, of getting hurt, of getting lost even.
But it is out there that the big catch is waiting.
It is not easy and often unsettling to venture out of my comfort zone.
I pray that I find the courage and grace to venture out into the deep
and find meaningful  deeds I can do for others.
Stripped of what gave me a sense of self-importance,
may I now realize the importance of doing things
and being a man for others.
It is not yet too late.

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