Jan 9 7 Comments

Stay uncomfortable

balancing actIt’s been almost a month since I wrote anything on my blog. This must be a new record, and I have been breaking all the blog rules.(The ones that say you need to write consistently, preferably every day.) But while not blogging I have kept myself busy with other things, such as reading books and knitting. 

I have entered the new year with a commitment to not over-commit myself to anything. Part of the reason for this is that I know from past experiences that new-year resolutions never work, the other reason is my eternal need to go against the current. When everybody else is doing something, I want to do the opposite. So this year I am going to become a worse person. Haha. 

At the same time as I committed to a year of not being so nice, I have also felt challenged from all over the place. It is like the gods are ganging up on me. Only thing is, it may be God trying to speak. It is about challenges. It is about moving out of my comfort zone. It is about stretching myself to the max. It is about not getting stagnant. It’s like everywhere I turn people are talking about this. I turn on the radio and it is a documentary about some explorer talking about how he is constantly asking himself how he can learn more, stretch himself further, challenge himself to the max. I watch a movie and it as about taking great risks. I read a book and it is about going against the current, making untraditional choices. I meet people and they are people who are alive with excitement over life and the world. 

climbing and Oddny

This is me up there, doing what I don’t like. Climbing high.

So I walked in the dark with my dog and thought: What is my new challenge this year? A marathon? I mountain to climb? A classic to read? A pole to cross? 

I thought and thought and thought. Then suddenly I remembered: I am going to Burma very soon. I am going to an area that very few have ever traveled to. I am going to an area where a human disaster is happening right now, and I will have to figure out how to help these people. I am going to an area with people who are destitute and desperate. I am going to an area I know nothing about. I guess that will be challenging.

So I got my answer and I will let you know how it was to be outside my comfort zone when I get a chance. And then as the year progresses I am sure I will find new challenges to keep me alive, moving and close to the God who seems to say: Never get too comfortable. Comfort creates complacency. Complacency creates laziness. Laziness creates dullness. Dullness creates stupidity. And it goes on and on and on. So I guess my motto for 2013 could be something like this: Don’t get stupid. Stay uncomfortable.  


  • burntwords says:

    Great blog. I may meet you there! When are you going? Carla

  • Gill says:

    This is exactly what I needed to hear, I want to hide away and knit instead of doing, I know I have made the comfort journey many times before and always dislike the end result. Only thing is my forgetfulness will mean this great blog will be a distant memory soon, I will have to print it out, laminate it and put it on my fridge . Thanks Oddny

  • Erika Berg says:

    Assuming you’re going to Rakhine State… If you end up needing the help of Rohingya community leaders in the UK, Thailand, etc., let me know. Are you ever accompanied by volunteers? Erika

  • Rick says:

    Funny, I was reading your blog thinking, “What is she TALKING about? The rest of us look at her and wish we could be Oddny when we grow up!!!” We’ll all follow your year and go on wishing we could be you when we grow up!

  • Pam Wilson says:

    I love your post here…it has sooooo encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and get on with what God has planned for me. I heard a pastor say one time “We can rest when we get to heaven! 🙂

  • stevegumaer says:

    Priceless, as usual.