Pulling the Plug on Comfort

Andre : “What does it do to us, Wally, living in an environment where something as massive as the seasons or winter or cold, don’t in any way effect us? I mean, were animals after all. I mean… what does that mean? I think that means that instead of living under the sun and the moon and the sky and the stars, we’re living in a fantasy world of our own making. “

Wally : “Yeah, but I mean, I would never give up my electric blanket, Andre. I mean, because New York is cold in the winter. I mean, our apartment is cold! It’s a difficult environment. I mean, our life is tough enough as it is. I’m not looking for ways to get rid of a few things that provide relief and comfort. I mean, on the contrary, I’m looking for more comfort because the world is very abrasive. I mean, I’m trying to protect myself because, really, there’s these abrasive beatings to be avoided everywhere you look!”

Andre : “But, Wally, don’t you see that comfort can be dangerous? I mean, you like to be comfortable and I like to be comfortable too, but comfort can lull you into a dangerous tranquility.

I wouldn’t put on an electric blanket for any reason. First, I’d be worried if I get electrocuted. No, I don’t trust technology. But I mean, the main thing, Wally, is that I think that kind of comfort just separates you from reality in a very direct way.”

Andre & Wally in the movie: My Dinner With Andre

It might start with the electric blanket. Or, maybe it’s some electric socks. Whatever convenience it is, it separates us just a little bit from the reality. Soon, we’re attached to the convenience and not dealing with that actually exists.

I’ve found that even making little changes can be hard at first. After conscious effort, though, it all gets easier. I started with driving a different way to work. Not too much risk there. However, that brought me out of my morning reverie and just a little bit more into the moment. Next, I changed what I might have for lunch. Soon, I found that I was a little more awake and aware, and also looking forward to change and growth. This works a lot better for me than hanging out in comfort, and has ended up helping me feel much more comfortable than I ever was with the imaginary comforts.

How about you? Where have you found yourself giving in for comfort? What little changes have you made to help bring your awareness back?

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