My New Comfort Zone

3 New Hugs (3 new church friends)

I love when I have a new hug story to share with you. It doesn’t happen often now that I have been hugging for well over a year and a half. (where does the time go??!)

Yesterday I was at Target. I was fairly certain that I hugged the employee in the check out lane the last time I was there. That was just confirmed as soon as it was my turn. She looked at me questioningly and asked, “Why did you hug me the last time you were here?” A huge smile lit my face and I started to say, “Well, I have this blog called My Year Of Hugs.” Then I realized that that wasn’t the truth of why I hugged her and quickly said, “well, my year has been over for a long time so really it’s just because I realized how much I loved hugging people and I want to continue doing it. It makes me feel good and I hope it made you feel good too.” She chuckled and said, “yeah. Well, at first it was kind of weird, but yeah, it made me feel good.” I could barely contain my joy. I actually think I may have literally skipped out of the store.

This just confirmed what I have been thinking for quite some time. I have found a new comfort level. The thing is I believe the statement, Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. When I stepped out of my comfort zone and began hugging everyone I found new life. Now, that new life is looking for another new beginning. I will continue to hug (and blog) because I love doing both and because they are now a part of my new norm. But, the excitement I feel these days involves a nervous belly and anxious mind while getting ready for this new venture I am about to embark on. (Take a peek here.)

Tell me, what is it that creates that fire in your belly?

Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.

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2 thoughts on “My New Comfort Zone

  1. For me, after reading so many negative and hurtful and racist comments on many “anonymous” websites, I have decided that every day I will make a positive, life-affirming comment to stories that many others feel the need to become verbal bullies. Verbal bullying seems out of control on the internet, so rather than trade “barbs” back and forth, I have decided to put a positive spin on my comments. When a young man “came out” to his teacher in a writing assignment, the comments were particularly hateful. When some have suggested that guns should be more carefully regulated, many commented in hurtful ways. For me, the discourse has become so negative, that it is time to “light that candle, to dispel the darkness.” Trying to light a few candles…..

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