I enjoy my work and it pays me enough to support myself. I’ve been happily married to a loving (if exasperating) man for 24 years today. (Happy Anniversary, Sweetie!) I have a cute (but not terribly clean) house.
My life is comfortable.
I wonder what I would be like in a really stressful situation?
There’s nothing like leaving your comfort zone to learn what you’re made of.
Honey Leaves Her Comfort Zone
Although BlogPaws is a stressful environment for some animals (and their humans), I would take Honey again.
The excitement of new dogs, cats, ferrets, and people stretched her impulse control. But with breaks for fetch and regular quiet time, she did fine.
And I think she was glad to be with us.
However, Honey was far enough out of her comfort zone that I learned something about who she really is—her true character.
- Physical contact comforts her. She enjoyed me rubbing her ears while we were chatting in public, something I rarely do at home.
- Honey has bomb-proof bite inhibition. Even losing a piece of her tail under a stranger’s foot didn’t drive her to growl or whimper much less snap.
- She’s a sociable dog. But Honey enjoys spending time getting to know someone more than making lots of casual contacts.
Seeing Honey outside her comfort zone help me see even more what a truly sweet girl she is.
Pamela Sails Out of Her Comfort Zone
Two years ago I did something weird. I decided that at 45 years old it was time to learn to sail.
It hasn’t been easy.
Sailing has its own language. It requires a sensitivity to the wind. At times, it involves math.
And when the wind whips up, it’s scary as hell.
But soon I’ll be sailing out of my comfort zone more than I can in our own little lake.
This fall, Mike and I are flying to Panama to meet two strangers from another continent so we can sail with them for a month.
Did I mention this trip happens during hurricane season?
Even if the weather is lovely, nothing about the trip will resemble my normal life.
I hope that outside of my comfort zone I reveal myself to be as sweet as Honey.
Stretch and Grow Your Comfort Zone
It’s good to do something new and scary.
Whether it’s starting a business, talking to a stranger, or jumping out of an airplane, every time we do something new without dying our comfort zone expands.
The same is true for our dogs. Short and safe exposure to agility equipment, new dogs, or strange noises stretches a dog’s comfort zone too.
Tomorrow we’re testing Honey’s sailing abilities. In a few months, I’ll be testing my own.
Hopefully we’ll both grow our comfort zones. After all, if it’s good for the dog, it’s probably good for me.
Your Turn: Have you ever done anything just to stretch your comfort zone? How about your dogs?
Something Swagging This Way Comes Giveaway
You’re leaving great comments in the survey and I’m so thankful for all the help of everyone who has taken the survey so far.
If you haven’t, you have until Monday, June 3 to answer a few questions and be entered in our drawing.
There are two great prizes:
- Readers outside the United States will be entered to win a $20 Amazon gift card.
- U.S. readers will win my big bag o’swag from BlogPaws for their dog or the shelter or rescue of their choice.
Don’t forget, you need to enter both surveys to be eligible to win.
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