Friday, July 11, 2008

Comfort Zone

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All during our recent trip, I was thinking of the phrase "leaving your comfort zone." The obvious joke is there: going to a place where you are in discomfort. And, yes, there was a bit of that. But for me the real value of this trip was the opportunity to push my limits, find new limits and then push those, too.

Sixteen months ago, on our last trip to the Northwest, it would have been unthinkable for me to go on an all day outing, negotiate very rugged shoreline terrain for a couple of hours, get up the next day and do it again. Not to mention following that up with a two hour kayaking trip, a wine tasting and dinner–– all in one day.

Turns out I can push myself a lot harder than I thought. Oh, I pay the price later but even that's not as bad as I had imagined.

For the moment, it's nice to settle into a new comfort zone knowing I won't be staying long.

10 comments:

Pyratemates said...

Robb, you rule. Thank God for Lisa, your friends and all his blessings. Thank you for the inspiration you are to many of us who begin to feel sorry for ourselves because of our own little disabilities. Take care my friend.

Anonymous said...

good for you, keep on pushing

-just4bees

Anonymous said...

I love reading about all the progress you have made over time and it's nice to know you're in a comfort zone, both figuratively and literally. Wow! The pictures of the northwest really want to make me pick up and move someday.
Continue on!
Buggylou

Gina said...

This is wonderful, Robb! Bully for you!

Anonymous said...

As a famous fish named Dori once said...'Just keep swimming' (Nemo). I am always amazed at how humans can keep going after many trials and tribulations. You're a shining example for others who may be finding themselves in very challenging situations.

BTW-I will be heading your way in August (3-7th). I'll be in Palo Alto at Stanford attending an incredible seminar on the American West. Some other teachers from Pat-Med will be attending as well (Tom Maxwell is one of them-not sure if you remember him?). I'm not sure of our 'down time' as of yet, but I'd love to figure out if we can meet for a drink or some tofu or something. :) Let me know... I grabbed your cell phone numbers-I'll text you with mine (do you have texting?). Hope to see you soon,
Syndee

Anonymous said...

My wish for you is that every year you have a moment like this one, where you can stop and say "Wow, look how far I've come since just last year." One turn of the pedals, one splash of the paddle, one step at a time.

Martha said...

You guys are amazing. Keep up the great work.
xoxo,
Martha and gang

Robb & Lisa said...

Syndee: Tofu, huh? Is that some kind of California joke? (or do you somehow know what we had for dinner tonight.)

Please do give us a call or txt when you get out here. We'd love to see you.

shiloh said...

Good for you. I wish y'all could make it to Live and Breathe.

rosered2318 said...

This is fantastic.

Whenever I feel like I am in a rut, I check this blog. You guys focus on progress and milestones and it helps me to remember to do that in my own life.

I wish you many more comfort zones, each one a little farther along than the last.

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