Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Thoughts on Poetry

Sometimes it’s funny to think how we end up thinking about certain topics throughout the day. For instance, this morning I was listening to Jen Lancaster’s book, My Fair Lazy, this morning on my way to work and she was talking about poems. If you haven’t read it, this book focuses on Lancaster realizing her life has revolved around too much reality TV and she is trying to “better herself” by becoming more cultured. This particular part of the book was her talking about how she hates most poetry and her search to find some poems she likes, which she does find.

It made me think about poetry and how I don’t have a lot of experience with it myself. I don’t dislike it, I just haven’t really given it much thought. So, I did a little research on some poems and did manage to find several that I like. With many changes on the horizon, this one caught my attention.

My Comfort Zone

I used to have a comfort zone
where I knew I wouldn't fail.
The same four walls and busywork
were really more like jail.

I longed so much to do the things I'd never done before,
But stayed inside my comfort zone and paced the same old floor.

I said it didn't matter that I wasn't doing much.
I said I didn't care for things like commission checks and such.
I claimed to be so busy with the things inside the zone,
But deep inside I longed for something special of my own.

I couldn't let my life go by just watching others win.
I held my breath; I stepped outside and let the change begin.
I took a step and with new strength I'd never felt before,
I kissed my comfort zone goodbye and closed and locked the door.

If you're in a comfort zone,
afraid to venture out,
Remember that all winners were at one time filled with doubt.
A step or two and words of praise can make your dreams come true.

Reach for your future with a smile; success is there for you!

Sometimes we all need a swift kick out of our comfort zone, whether it’s willingly on our own or by someone else’s hand. Sometimes it turns out to be the best thing that could happen.


Jess said...

Good to find a piece you enjoy!

Erin said...

Very timely with the new year on the horizon. Comfort zone equals rut in many scenarios. I know, I am in one of my own. LOL! Cheers to breaking out of your comfort zone.