This cartoon appears in a recent 2017 edition of Reader’s Digest. Obviously, it offers a relaxed slat on life. This viewpoint is reinforced in a recent interview with Art Garfunkel (11/4/2017) when he states that he has reached a period in his life when he is “comfortable with life.”
Certainly, this is a broad term cultivated after weathering life’s many trials and challenges. Often we wonder: “why am I enduring this horrible situation?” There seems no rhyme or reason for a negative or bad experience to enter our otherwise normal or calm life. I am not a “bad” person. I have not intentionally hurt someone. Yet, there it is – a great big challenge sitting smack dab in front of you.
So, you gather all of the positive coping strategies that you used in the past to overcome the challenge. This approach works. You know it works because it has worked in the past. You develop a strategy, the strategy works and provides harmony in your life. This is a path to feeling comfortable in your life.
As you work through issues in your life, instead of ignoring them, you realize that only by addressing barriers that challenge your comfort level will you develop a strategy. This attitude becomes comfortable. Being comfortable, feels comfortable. You like the feeling and want to repeat it. You develop strategies to keep experiencing the feeling.
Before long you too are comfortable with life…