To Move Beyond the Known Comfort

“You can be friends forever even if you only get to play that one time.”
Photo by Tamara Magnitsky


This week I am thrilled to share my dear friend Tamara’s photo because she and I are sharing such similar moments; hers in Rhode Island  and mine Hawaii. I would love it even more if Natasha could have been playing in the sand next to my girl but my heart is warmed to know that she and my sweets share the same requirements for friends. Yes once, is -should be- enough for us all. And how precious to share discovery and growth on that journey?!!

When we were small it was easy. A shovel, some sand and a whole host of discoveries awaited us. As we grew older we started to need the “right place” (classroom, laboratory, library etc.) or the “right time” (during class or work, while studying etc.) to even be open to growth. This week I am suggesting that we drop any of the conventions that keep us from growing, today and now.

January suggests we all might benefit from a little repotting:


Repotting myself

               by January Handl

With one hand I firmly held
the terra cotta pot,
and smiled at the little plant
that until recently had
bloomed, blossomed and flowered
beautifully on the window sill that takes
in the early morning sunshine in warm beams
my cat likes to capture with her long-lounging body.

With the other hand
I gently tried to loosen the roots
clinging to the pot in a tightly woven grasp
that interlaced all past growth and experience
into a staid stance of stillness, now beginning
to stifle the plants leaning toward
becoming more.

Knowing that I might have to break
the container that no longer had room
for sustenance or nurturing,
only the completed memories of what was,
it was move, or die,
grow or decay,
and I felt hot tears of fear and gratitude
at this world’s
constant willingness to offer me
room to unfurl toward
the yearning edges of my own
worries and weariness,
beyond the known comfort
grown too tight
to allow the full breaths
of what can be
when I let go.

Yes, let us move beyond the comfort and embrace the growth!

Growth – Activities that enhance quality of life, develop talents, and increase the potential for success and happiness.

These aren’t things for special occasions and living well requires that we loosen the soil we may be keeping our roots in. For this reason my bliss initiative for the week is to give yourself some space for growth. Stretch. Try something new.

Tell me in the comments below how you will be shaking off the known comfort and allowing “the full breaths of what can be.”


Tamara and January are here each Monday to help set the mood for the week!

Tamara Magnitsky

Tamara Magnitsky, a child of the wild blue yonder,
has been an ardent student and advocate for poetry, photography and excellence in general.
She is the mother of a 6 year old daughter and a beloved wife.
She can be found most days.

Bio written by Cary Brosius ~Tamara’s husband  🙂


January Handl

January Handl is first and always a mother, has been a preschool teacher and parent educator for 25 years, and currently is an early head start home visitor in her community. She resides with 2 dogs and a cat in Boulder Creek and and simply lives in awe of existence.

She calls her photo “hot tub bliss”  🙂

5 thoughts on “To Move Beyond the Known Comfort

  1. VERY powerful – thank you!

    And, sitting here basking in the inspiration from the poem, I’m considering how I will take in the full breaths of what will be. I think I’ll just start with this one breath….

  2. This was VERY uplifting! And I though Tamara’s quote with her photo really summed things up so nicely… “You can be friends forever even if you only get to play that one time.” I often think along a similar line when having great, deep encounters with strangers one is not likely to see again. :o)

  3. Great Post!…Moving beyond comfort level was our big move to France….never in my biggest dreams did I actually think it was truly going to be a reality…(I know, even though I’m married to a French man). Even when we talked about it, it was vague…but I have to say there was an underlying peacefulness to the whole concept. Definitely uncomfortable when we first arrived…starting over..couldn’t remember the last time I truly started over…but as I sit here 9 months out…It was a great decision and so worth the uncomfortableness..(and still time to time uncomfortableness!)

    • Kathy says:

      Jennifer, your story is so inspiring!! So hard to imagine all that has transpired since I saw you last in the Albany area. You wear Bordeaux well. I love the joy I feel coming from your side of the world. Someday I MUST visit!!!

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