Comfort Zone

LR --6

The fastest way
to change and grow
is by being far out 
of your Comfort Zone.
I challenge anyone
to tell me different.
~~~~

No digital art.  Image captured as seen.

MF Macro Without Tripod Photography/ “Comfort Zone” July 2016©AmyRose
@www.herladypinkrose.wordpress.com

One aspect of my psyche is constantly being challenged.  For you see, I developed Panic Disorder as a result of my childhood.  It seems my Higher Self, who is All Wise, has created a Life for me to be as far out of my Comfort Zone as possible so that I can learn to overcome my panic and heal. By being faced with situations and people who push my panic button, I am learning to control that panic by staying Calm.

Thank goodness I have some pieces of my Life that give me my Comfort Zone and those pieces I bring back with me when I am in the Out of Bounds Zone.  The days that I flow with ease, I treasure.  The many challenges that have been presented to me, yes in fact, have incurred change.

Little by little, I am overcoming my panic and as I do, I reclaim those pieces of me that were disconnected from me as a child.  The more I put me back together, the more empowered I am as ME.  And boy!  Even though it is tough changing panic to Calm, the outcome of wholeness I would not trade for anything.  Natta.  Zip.  Zero.

❤ ❤ ❤

65 thoughts on “Comfort Zone

  1. Beautiful flower 😀
    You are doing so well Amy and it is good for us to get outside our comfort zone sometimes. It helps us to develope ourselves in many ways.
    Suffering from panic is not fun and you do the right to learn. Somtimes we get pushed, which also can be needed.
    Send you and your beauties much of love >3 Irene

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    1. Beautiful comment, Irene!! Thank you! Yes I have overcome panic in so many ways throughout my entire spectrum of Life, yet at times there comes along something else I need to improve upon. I made up my mind a long time ago I will not live in fear, and that is exactly what panic is all about. Reaction to fear. Much Love, Amy ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. I say good for you, Susan, because I know, OH how I know how difficult this is, and I do not like being in the Out of Bounds Zone but much rather prefer my Comfort Zone. I am very proud of you!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. Honey, I made a chart showing how far out I am from my Comfort Zone. I sent it to my Sis who loved it. I’m thinking of posting it here. LOL Oh yes, I am very out of Comfort Zone in ALL areas of my Life. *sigh* Thank goodness for the In Zone Comfort Zones I do have! 🙂 ❤

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    1. May your recovery be quick as you gain your strength and health back. Let the energy from your gardens bring healing to you. And I thank you for the compliment. Take care and Bless you, Karen!! ❤

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      1. Thank you Amy Rose. I really feel the sights and scents of summer are speeding my healing process. For the first time ever, I really can just sit and gaze at the garden without a million jobs needing to be done. (Well, they still need doing, but I am just going to ignore them :). there’s always another season.

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      2. (smiling) I am learning the exact same thing, Karen. Feels good, doesn’t it? Learning to put ourselves first is NOT what we were taught, but by doing so, we fall in Love with both ourselves and All of Life. Oh yes, my house needs cleaning, yet what is more important to me is my mental, emotional, and physical health. The cleaning can wait. I say good for you!!!! (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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  2. Having been a child of abuse it tends to stay with you and a lot of time is spent seeking that comfort zone that you were denied when you needed it most. My best to you Amy, thank you for the gorgeous and peaceful photographs. ❤

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  3. I feel your purpose or calling is to bless people with your personal challenges and how you handle overcoming them, Amy. Your Gift is in the artistic photographs which are treasures and beauty for us to quench our souls upon. ❤ 🙂 ((hugs))

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    1. Dearest Robin, what you have described my Life as being is spot on. This is not an easy way to live by far, yet it seems time and time again, these challenges come whipping my way. If I can inspire others then my Heart is happy! Thank YOU for YOUR feedback. It is much appreciated. My Art is in so many ways my savior saving my sanity. Bless you for commenting!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

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      1. Very windy here today giving us a much needed break from intense heat and humidity. For the first time in probably 10 years I got my beach chair out and laid out in the sun being just so tired from taking care of Karma. It felt wonderful and of course I only was out for not long. No burns. 🙂 ❤
        PS After weeks of putting every effort forth, hubby and I have Karma on stable ground. When I wrote the post a while back that he was going to be OK, he again crashed. Now he is solid and looking like my King that he is. Now Mommy can crash. In bed. For a solid night's sleep she hasn't had in weeks. YAY! Oh, Kathy, between the emotional toll and the physical exhaustion, I hope one night's good sleep will do it. I'm just so relieved we still have time with this guy. SO relieved! ❤

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      2. Oh Amy. that is so fantastic that Karma is stable. So happy to hear that. Glad you relaxed outside on the chair and didn’t get burned. Hoping that such much needed sleep with the exhaustion. We finally got a break from the humidity yesterday and today. Love you and rest well my dear friend ❤

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  4. You and I have much in common, my friend. My panic disorder came from childhood also and for a while, I was medicated. That is not a shameful thing to me but I felt prompted to try to learn how to deal with my panic with God’s help. I got off all meds and have been without them for 2 years! Amy, I am sending you so much love and prayers for you! You go!!

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    1. What I did not say, Carol, I too needed medication for many years. I’m still taking a medication to get to sleep. The “habit” of laying there frozen “waiting in fear for those footsteps” is still haunting me. That and the muscles from my back injury refuse to give sometimes not allowing me to fall sleep. My goal is to get off this med, yet, I will not beat myself up if I am not able to. I’ve come so far in my progress ….
      I am SO proud of you!!! Carol, I know what panic feels like when it hits and yes mine still does as I am sure yours does but we both have taught ourselves how to overcome! Wow!! YOU GO!!!! (((HUGS))) Amy ❤ ❤ ❤

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    2. PS. I am no longer hiding behind shame and fear like most of my family is doing. It feels SO freeing to come clean and admit, this is who I am. Out of respect for my mother who is still living, I did not go into details. The details are not reverent anyway. Who needs another horror story to add to the horrors today holds? No thank you!!! I LOVE YOU!!! ❤

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    1. You are the very first one to say so, YC! I think so too! In fact when I saw it in my editor I could not believe it was only a photograph. There is so much digital art these days that literally anything can be created in the editing room, but my goal is to achieve those special effects with the camera alone. Some of what I have captured recently I can barely believe I’ve done. I hope to get some of those posted soon. I need to recoup, first, after all I’ve been through with Karma. I’m about ready to drop to the floor. ❤

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      1. I do have experience in this area. My best experience was with Toastmasters – public speaking – from mumbles to up on stage. Still scary, but I still have room to grow.

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  5. Suffering from panic is quite an obstacle in life. But you must come over it, my dear friend. And I know you can. Because you’re a powerful soul.
    BTW, your photo is amazing 🙂
    Hugs ❤

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    1. I AM overcoming it, Monica, dear friend! That is what is so exciting. Some of the ramifications from my childhood are still with me to this day, and I am still determined to be free of those things. Overall, I am really proud of me!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

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