The Elusive Comfort Zone

Sivaramakrishnan A By Sivaramakrishnan A, 5th Oct 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3l7zbhxn/
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Change in our lifestyles is going at a faster clip. Can we pause and ponder where we are headed for or just allow ourselves to be led wherever we end up? Time to make a choice.

Endless Journey

Only few are able to take the heat of daily lives and most would like to stretch their legs at the first opportunity. We hope in vain for our comfort zones to sustain but change is the only constant in the creative process and change can be unsettling. The universe is moving at breakneck speed every moment of our existence and before and after us! We are being taken on a ride to a distant realm. Will we be able to make sense of it in our lifetime here or maybe hereafter? We are in another state while asleep roaming places that disappear when we wake up. But do such exist?

We may be here for years but unfamiliar places and people keep us on tenterhooks. We want to get back to where we feel we are comfortable with. Most want to be with own family and there are also some who want to be away from them – where they are more comfortable! The pull and push factors exert their influence. But there are few who are comfortable anywhere and in any company. They do embrace creation with warts and all. It is not for everyone as most need familiarity of place and people.

Change the only Constant

Modern lifestyle means we can roam the world in a jiffy. The world is indeed our oyster increasingly. It is changing faster than we think and realize. USA is getting overtaken by the dragon country – China. Many know about the former, but what about the latter? They have much pride in the way they want to prove themselves – be it staging the Olympics or in scientific progress. Their neighbors are in awe of them at their progress that leaves others behind more and more. The global political equation is changing to the chagrin of many. That is change for countries!

In personal lives too we are not left alone. Members within families are becoming assertive – no more a male figurehead! Children are more adept in technology as they grow with gadgets while older generations are digital immigrants! There is no comfort zone increasingly in terms of knowledge. We get antiquated faster as days roll by. There is no more holding the handrails of knowledge as they leave us behind in a wink!

Even at work places technology changes all the time – system overhaul and the deadwood is discarded and humans are not excluded in the culling process! Everything is done by pressing few buttons but one should know which buttons to press! No more a laid back approach – we have to keep running to stay where we are! It is clear none can step aside from this relentless march of time and the speed is getting dizzier.

Unchartered Territory

So what is next, become more robotic and less human? Just run with the crowd without much pause? Then that lifestyle can slowly become our comfort zone. We will adapt another mind-set just to survive. No one is in control and the machines dictate the pace and we play catch-up – sort of on a treadmill of life! Time will become a rare commodity as everyone will be preoccupied doing their own thing, pursuing their passions – an individualistic life but also a selfish one by extension, sadly. We are getting led without our realization. Many could well accept them all as the new normal and get comfortable with such a trend towards uncharted territory.

The comfort zones of yonder are gone forever, sacrificed at the altar of progress. We cannot stop the march of progress but just go wherever destined! The old family setup is getting unraveled. No one has time to question, let alone take corrective steps. The whole world is getting aligned as gadgets take over to head towards a singular path. There are no boundaries or political system – nay even religious differences make way as the path of scientific progress draws everyone to the same path.

Are We in Control?

Future looks awesome and challenging. We may become less human, but can we help it? The older we get the less we feel comfortable but the longevity of life is increasing. The young will have own lifestyles while older generations will struggle to keep up and will give up eventually. The pace is scorching and, come to think of it, we haven’t seen anything as yet; the future is indeed daunting though exciting. One thing is for sure; our lifestyles are changing too fast for our comfort. Certain things do not change and it is good that we cannot prolong our lives much – it will not be worth it anyway looking at the way our lifestyles are changing with time for each other in short supply. The comfort zones of the olden days are truly past! However, human ingenuity and survival instincts should keep us above water! Clutching at straws for bare survival may be the new comfort zone but that is a challenge; so better to bid adieu in good time! It is worth our while to take a close look at where we are headed for - if we have the time to pause and ponder! Then think of more sustainable pursuits and passions before it is too late!

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author avatar Connie McKinney
5th Oct 2013 (#)

Thank you for another insightful, wise article, Siva. I always look forward to your work and always learn something new every time.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Oct 2013 (#)

Thank you Connie for your kind words and support; much appreciated - siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks Mark for the moderation - siva

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
6th Oct 2013 (#)

Another great delve into the complicated psyche. Thanks!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Oct 2013 (#)

Thank you Phil for your encouraging comment - siva

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author avatar Denise Salmon
6th Oct 2013 (#)

Great article, it is really great to be with family, a wonderful comfort zone

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Oct 2013 (#)

Thank you Denise for reading and your input - siva

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author avatar M G Singh
6th Oct 2013 (#)

Nice post Siva. Highlighted some excellent points

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks Madan for your appreciation - siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
6th Oct 2013 (#)

this is a greatly powerful piece Siva...thank you..

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks Carolina for your reading and the enduring support - appreciated - siva

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author avatar Terry Trainor
6th Oct 2013 (#)

Great article my wise friend, is rapid change good or bad?

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks Terry. Rapid change creates upheaval for the majority, but if it happens I wish it is for our overall betterment. Fast track technological changes create much waste of our natural resources. So change for own sake is not good - I am seeing only cosmetic changes in many products that are marketed as new that lead many working ones to be discarded. But I do look forward to rapid change in our mindset away from war and hate and towards peace and coexistence - siva

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
6th Oct 2013 (#)

Very interesting.What's becoming of humans,changes changes changes...Thanks for the share,Siva.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
7th Oct 2013 (#)

I feel Randhir we are becoming robotic and losing our human touch - so it will be a different world in another generation - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
7th Oct 2013 (#)

You have lost neither your passion nor your talent. Thanks for an interesting read. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
7th Oct 2013 (#)

Touching words indeed dear Kingwell, thank you. I was missing you for months. I get much pleasure in interacting with fellow contributors and also try to encourage newbies - siva

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author avatar Carol
7th Oct 2013 (#)

Another article full of wisdom and common sense. Thank you Siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
7th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks Carol for your encouragement as always - siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
8th Oct 2013 (#)

Hello dear Siva ..
As we get older I have found that we need to be totally focused in what we want to achieve, rather than try to compete with every newfangled change that tries to bombard our lives ...The young are so much better at adjusting to change with all its new technology ...so , I for one let them get on with it, and take each day as it comes , thankful for all that I have both in friends and needs to help me through . However I believe we should never get so comfortable that we get lazy and inactive ...just take life at a steadier pace while we absorb the new challenges that come our way .
God bless you my friend
Stella ><

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks Stella, I too take life the same way - otherwise, I will be a drag on progress especially when others are in a hurry! Maybe, we are on a fast evolutionary clip now and running just to keep up - no more stretching legs especially in city lifestyles. I remember some one asked a busy executive - why don't you smell the roses? His reply - give me one now, quick - I have no time! siva

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author avatar Peppernina63
8th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks for a great and informative post.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th Oct 2013 (#)

Thank you Peppernina for your visit and comments - siva

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author avatar C.D. Moore
9th Oct 2013 (#)

As you point out Siva, future changes may be chaotic and we have to find comfort where we can. Thought provoking, thankyou.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th Oct 2013 (#)

Thank you C D Moore. Sometimes I wonder - is there a method in this madness? Anyone in control? siva

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author avatar Delicia Powers
10th Oct 2013 (#)

Very wise and true....the future is indeed change itself....and adjusting...that becomes the more unknown...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks Delicia. Change for the sake of change leads to wastefulness and uncertainty - siva

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author avatar LOVERME
11th Oct 2013 (#)

please shivaa edit it
ur first non star
sad
is the moderator not happy???
ask him like did terry but edit it first and leave a note for the mod

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks Loverme. I do my part and leave it at that. I get equal welcome from fellow contributors, star or no star. My take is - change what I can and accept those I can't - siva

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author avatar LOVERME
12th Oct 2013 (#)

read my special one
three slices in one ...Lord

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks Loverme. I have read it and left my comments - siva

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
15th Oct 2013 (#)

Good afternoon, Siva; another article that provokes thought and wonder. Thank you. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th Oct 2013 (#)

Good morning Marilyn for reading and the generous words - grateful - siva

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author avatar S. D. Tiwari
16th Oct 2013 (#)

Very nice thought provoking article. I loved reading it. All the best to you.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
16th Oct 2013 (#)

Thank you Tiwari for your kind words and support - siva

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author avatar Subra
18th Oct 2013 (#)

Dear Siva

We have to live our life to the fullest, and this is possible only we wean ourselves out of our comfort zones. Life is a challenge and begins only we are faced with challenges. So we should leave our perceived comfortable existence to accept new challenges and pursue new goals in life.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks Subra. I agree that being content makes one lazy but we have to know our limits. Human beings have limits in terms of health and the stress we can take. Progress we must but not at the cost of well being of family and society. We need to take a pause to catch our breath - siva

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author avatar Paula Megginson
29th Oct 2013 (#)

food for thought! I like it!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Oct 2013 (#)

Thank you Paula for your support - siva

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