Embracing Discomfort


A ship in the harbor is safe. But that’s not what a ship is built for.

Locating the origins of one of my favorite quotes has proved to be difficult. It’s been attributed to a theologian, a department store founder, a one-book author, and even anonymous himself, which is a shame because it really is quite fantastic. Lately I’ve been wondering if I’ve been become too comfortable in my proverbial harbor. I can’t help but think that I am avoiding discomfort a little too much – taking the easy path, so to speak. One of my biggest fears is not taking advantage of the opportunities lobbed my way – softballs just waiting to be knocked out of the park. But I also fear not putting forth the effort to search out the opportunities that aren’t as easily found – the one’s that require more work than just swinging the bat at the right time (enough with the softball analogies already…sheesh). As I make plans to re-enter the work force in the near future, I need to think of myself as a ship – a ship that shouldn’t spend more time in the harbor than necessary. I just need to figure out where I want to go. And not being caught off-guard when the umpire yells “Batter up!” (okay, one more).


6 thoughts on “Embracing Discomfort

  1. Katie Christy September 24, 2014 / 10:02 pm

    I.love.this.blog. Well said Karen!
    And bravo for putting yourself out there!!

    • Karen September 25, 2014 / 7:39 am

      Thank you, Katie! I have some goal mapping to do… 🙂

  2. natalia September 24, 2014 / 10:33 pm

    You go girl! I’m going back to work soon too!

    • Karen September 25, 2014 / 7:39 am

      Woot woot! I am currently volunteering my (not so little) bum off and in holding mode until we know where the Army is sending us next. And then it is game on!

  3. Jen September 28, 2014 / 9:02 pm

    I agree. I am both excited and nervous to go back to work. Now that I finally got my RN license here, I feel like I really have to figure out how to make this work.

    Good luck to you – I think it’s really exciting 🙂

    • Karen September 30, 2014 / 7:32 am

      It is! Now we just need to see where the Army is sending us next and then I can start planning the little details. 🙂

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