Steps Lead To Shelter

Last night I woke up at 04:00 am and the following words hit me like a bolt between the eyes.

Steps lead to shelter….

We are all on a journey. And every journey requires forward motion. Change is daunting and many of us fear and avoid it. But it is necessary in order for us to evolve into who we are meant to be. We need to embrace new situations, relationships and experiences as opposed to recoiling from them.

Change involves transition. Transitions require decisions.

Are you at a crossroads in your life? Have you a significant decision to make that will change your life irrevocably? If you have it’s a frightening time. You may feel that you are exposed and vulnerable; that the next step may only take a second but could lead you into a life of regrets; that you are leaving your safe, comfortable existence behind and are entering a dangerous, new world.

My advice?

Take the step.

Be honest with yourself. The decision was taken days, months, years ago even. All that is required now is the actual transition. You need to turn that thought into a concrete action. Take the step. And then another one. And then another one. Don’t look back in anger the song goes. I say don’t look back at all. When you have made your decision stick by it.

Your comfort zone is a war zone. You might feel safe there but you are in fact engaged in a fight to the death. The death of your dreams and hopes. The death of your future. The death of who you were created to be. Suffocated by the smog of your present circumstances. The comfort zone is a dank, dark, cold environment.

I see little comfort in that.

The future might seem frightening but throw back the veil and you will see for the first time that it is in fact quite the opposite. It is a place of opportunity; of revelation and restoration. Where you are going is a place of construction. Where you are coming from is a place of obstruction and destruction.

What are you constructing? A new world. A world you deserve and are entitled to live in. It is your birthright; it is your inheritance. It is also a place of sanctuary. You have moved forward in order to find your retreat. You can build strong, thick walls behind which yourself and others can heal and flourish. It is a place of genuine comfort.

A storm is coming. You can see it on the horizon. It is hypnotic and you can’t take your eyes off it as it edges ever closer. It is time to move on. It is time to take that first, faltering step in the opposite direction. You may take it alone or you may take it with others. That is their decision but do not be tied by it for you have already made yours.

Take the step.

Steps lead to shelter.

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  1. There are many of these steps in life… and I absolutely agree that taking a leap is necessary if we want things to improve. As you said what is called “comfort zone” is nothing comfortable at all. It’s just habit. And we get used also to negative things. Actually they are even more addictive because they install the fear of change…to break this mechanism we can only break the habit…

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  2. “Your comfort zone is a war zone. You might feel safe there but you are in fact engaged in a fight to the death. The death of your dreams and hopes. The death of your future. The death of who you were created to be. Suffocated by the smog of your present circumstances. The comfort zone is a dank, dark, cold environment.”

    The way you put this just touched my soul. Thank you, Stephen.

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  3. Stepping out of our comfort zones is the only way we will grow. And it takes a leap of faith. I have been feeling the pull for quite some time now to continue on my forward path even if it seems scary to me. As I told a friend recently, there is no time to worry about the choices that I make. I can only do my best, keep the faith and know that all will be well. Because I do believe that there are no right or wrong choices. Each choice guides us forward, some gently, some with more struggle, but always forward.
    Thanks so much for a thoughtful post and for visiting Tovarysh.

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  4. Wonderful post. I just retired again, because the first time was so scary. Now, I plan to be still and move forward. Yes, it is frightening, with soma young what ifs, but I know I am not alone. Thank you for reminding me that I did good, letting go, and opening up a place where God can use me as He wishes, without my being in the way.

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  5. I just happened to read this post first. Have not had a moment to read or write. Literally consumed with a situation, and this was a word. A word in season, a word of power and words of wisdom. There IS NO COMFORT IN MY COMFORT ZONE! Fear has frozen me in its tracks and I’m caught up like a deer in headlights. Thank you for this post. It’s what I needed today.

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