Comfort Zone.

comfort zone

There is an important family occasion happening in Chennai by the end of July and a number of my relatives from all over are gathering there. My initial idea when I received the summons was to combine the visit with one to Bengaluru and Tirupur where I have some unfinished work pending. I took a few days thinking about the various ways that I could accomplish all that and in the meanwhile, my son Ranjan and daughter in law Manjiree were also given the summons and they too decided to go over.

They decided on a three day visit to take advantage of a week end and I readily agreed to go and return with them but they had been given clear instructions by the summoning authority that I should be left behind at Chennai for at least a week more.

We were still debating this matter when I retired for the night last night and this morning found that my tickets had been bought during the night by Ranjan that effectively keeps me in Chennai for a week longer than his stay.

My initial reaction was despair. I did not want to stay there for that long but on reflection found that I do have enough and more to do at Chennai for the additional few days.

When I thought about my reluctance, I have concluded that I am getting stuck in my comfort zone at home in Pune and resent leaving it.  I am so comfortable that even leaving the home for local trips is increasingly unattractive.  For instance, there is a mini alumni get-together today and I had agreed to go for it but since morning felt lethargic and was thinking of some excuse to beg off the meet.  Not a very good diagnosis!

If I had insisted on coming back with Ranjan and Manjiree I would have lost the opportunity for some serious catching up at Chennai and when I found this message on top it made sense to me.  I must make the effort to get out of my comfort zone more and get out of the house even if it is just to go for some minor shopping for fruits or vegetables.  Otherwise, I would atrophy! And I have decided to overcome my reluctance and lethargy and go for the get-together later today.

What about my readers?  Do you resent leaving your comfort zones?

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18 Responses to Comfort Zone.

  1. kylie says:

    today i turned down a lunch invitation with some people who i knew would drain and irritate me and i thought of that when i read your line about wanting to beg off the alumni meet. i wonder if you were not really reluctant to leave a comfort zone but just knew what you need.
    to answer the question, i do like my comfort zones but am fairly regularly challenged to move out of them
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  2. Grannymar says:

    Do I resent leaving my comfort zones? No way.
    a) I discover that others out there have aches, pain & troubles far greater than mine.
    b) I meet wonderful people, hear their stories and learn of subjects to blog about.

     Now go do it with a good heart and stop being a stick in the mud!

    PS: I think it might be time to check the ‘B’s. You know what I mean.
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  3. As you know, the 2011 fire kicked us way out of our comfort zones and we didn’t waste time complaining. We just tackled all the work as an adventure.
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  4. Ursula says:

    Me too, Ramana: I like comfort zones. Mainly because they are comforting. Like a baby’s security blanket. And it is comforting to know what’s round the next corner. Particularly if there is nothing [round the next corner]. Oh the peace, Ramana, the quiet! Don’t I just love it.

    On the other hand: Throw me to the wolves and I’ll eat the bloody lot. With relish.

    U
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  5. Summoned? That sounds like you were ordered to attend. That in and of itself might keep me from attending. Bit you post often about little trips to movies, a meal, etc so methinks you protest too much. That said – a comfort zone is exactly as described – comfortable. And though the travel process may be a pain in the a$$, you always seem to report good times after your travels.

    • There is no other way to explain the invitation from a beloved niece in my case and a beloved aunt in the case of Manjiree and Ranjan. We better be there or else! Yes, once I am off the zone I enjoy myself thoroughly and come back totally used up. It is the initial momentum that I am talking about.

  6. Alan G says:

    Being a bit of a recluse myself over the past decade, you will see few if any travel photos on my blog. Up until the time I retired I knew little about comfort zones but as old age has set in and along with some of the medical circumstances that sometimes come with that, I have become intimately familiar with comfort zones and actively cultivate them as needed.
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  7. Max Coutinho says:

    Hi Rummy,

    I am going through that phase right now. I travelled so much, the past year, that now I just want to stay home and relax. My holidays are coming up and I don’t want to go anywhere lol – I just want to stay put and read. However, it will soon end and I will be pushed off my comfort zone again…such is life :).

    I hope you enjoyed your get-together.

    Cheers
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    • I not only enjoyed the get together, while I was there, I was asked for a date for coffee by a friend and we decided to go to the latest Starbucks in my part of the town. Some interior decorator had decided that the looks for the place must be more important than comfort for the customers and I spent two most uncomfortable hours there although the company was scintillating. Sometimes, you just cannot win. Life gives you sweet and sour experiences on the same platter.

  8. tammyj says:

    fascinating…
    came to the party late and enjoyed all the comments.
    i’m a hermit. always have been. but when i must get out of the cz…
    i can. the climate has a lot to do with my outings… too hot. humid.
    not safe for my particular ‘ailments.’ in the fall and winter i’m more active. knowing you … you will enjoy your command performance! 🙂
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