Out of the Comfort Zone

Quotes and Notes #193, May 21

“Most learning happens outside of your comfort zone.”—Cassandra Huysentruyt Grey, as quoted in Vanity Fair, April 2015—

On May 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh landed in Paris. It seems to me that learning is a product of curiosity, necessity, and fear. I know that fear is much more intense with the absence of knowledge about the nature of whatever is causing the fear. “Know thy enemy” is a valuable piece of advice to follow. As I have stated before, one of my favorite questions (and the one which, over the years, has gotten me into the most trouble) is,

“I wonder what would happen if…

Share a smile
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

You never know what you will find outside the comfort zone.

You never know what you will find outside the comfort zone. (Calceolaria uniflora)

Moving Outside The Comfort Zone

Quotes and Notes #121, March 4, 2015

“Life always begins with one step outside your comfort zone.”–Shannon L. Alder

My son told me over the phone that his daughter—my beautiful granddaughter,Margot—would hold his hands and take steps, but when he let go of her hands, she would only sit down. I got a mental picture of this and then I grinned as I thought that soon she will take a step—a single step before sitting—and the next time she will take more steps, and then soon she will be running.

It’s that single step that moves one out of security and into risk. It’s that one step, every day, that we can take, if we wish, to find an adventure or to make our (or some one else’s) lives better. So take a chance. Believe in yourself. Look back at what you accomplished and smile about it.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz


Quotes and Notes #119, March 2, 20

 “Pressure is something you feel when you don’t know what the hell you are doing.”–Peyton Manning

So, you’re trying to be creative, or to get a job done, or to solve a problem—and the situation is just a little bit outside of your comfort zone. You’re at the point where you don’t really know how to handle the situation and you can feel your mind tightening up and your body getting tense. You’re in a hurry.


Stop whatever you’re doing and breathe for a moment. Concentrate on just breathing. Settle down and give your attention to something else for a little while and then quietly re-consider the stressful situation. Try to find a different approach and move slowly. Remember, if you get in a hurry, you mess up.

Look at the buds on a maple tree.  Spring is almost here. Share a smile.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

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