Comfort is infectious

The only thing that is stopping you from where you are to where you want to go is your comfort zone”- Dhaval Gaudier (

Yesterday I was listening to a discourse of Bhagavad Purana when the speaker said something that instantly grabbed my attention. He said, “If God loves you, he will not protect you from problems, instead, he will stand by you as your strength and guide you through your tough times as your conscience”. He said this while quoting the epic ‘Mahabharata’ in which the Pandavas, who were exceptional in terms of power, wealth, courage, beauty and knowledge, and, had the Lord himself on their side, had to go through some terrible problems to earn their kingdom and rights back. The result was the re-establishment of Righteousness in society. The story conveys a powerful message that problems cannot be avoided even if we have wealth, power, and knowledge. It is an important part of life and has to be faced at all costs.

But why is it so important?

This is because problems are the only driving force that motivates you to get out of your comfort zone and work towards becoming a better version of yourself. In the absence of problems, you will be living a stable and routine life. There wouldn’t be anything that will trigger the desire to grow or be a better person. Close your eyes for a moment and see how much you have grown compared to what you were 5 years ago. Now see what all incidents made you travel this distance. You will instantly realize the importance of all the tough and uncomfortable situations faced by you.

Is the process of growth all these troubles? Can’t we live a peaceful life by being stagnant?

Definitely not!

We may choose to be stagnant but life never stops. Every second of life requires a different you. If you stop growing, over a while you will feel as if you are moving backward. When you will compare yourself with others. This will in turn generate frustration within you.

Moving is not an option but a reality. All you can choose is the direction.

Let me know your views on this subject.

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Published by Sruti Shivakumar

An architect from India on a journey of self exploration

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