This week I experienced, again, what it is like to be new. I started a job and I have to learn how to perform the tasks it entails. There are things I don't know and sometimes I've struggled. I know more now than I did when I started but I have things to learn and confidence to gain. It hasn't felt good at times. I believe, though, that it is good to be in this situation. It seems better than the alternative.
It can be comfortable to stay in familiar situations. We may not always be happy or fulfilled but, to quote Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory "It's called the comfort zone for a reason." Moving outside it, though, we open ourselves to new possibilities. We can't know what they are until we get outside that zone.
By going outside my comfort zone, I have identified some of my weaknesses and strengths, I have learned about an interesting field of healing and I have come to appreciate being at home more when I'm not always here. I have also spent no time being annoyed by how much time the man across the street here fusses with his yard so that's good. (While he may waste time on his yard, the fact that I was keeping track of his activities didn't say great things about my time usage.) And this is only a seemingly simple, part-time job and I've been there for three days. What a difference a difference makes.
I don't pretend to know what people should do in their lives. But I have some evidence that stepping out has benefits and opens us up to good things. I could have stayed where I was and lived my life in the quiet way I was doing it. I guess it would have been okay. There is so much in life to experience, though, and I'm glad to be sampling more of it. I guess someone else can keep an eye on my neighbour for a while. As long as they report back to me once in a while, everything will be fine.