We need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable

GoodTaste

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Does "We need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable" mean "we need to find pleasures in hard time"?



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About this study“We need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.” Believe it or not, this was really good news tome when I heard it at the end of my first anti‐racism training session. What I understood in a secondwas that it is okay to be uncomfortable. I heard this in a room full of brown, black, and white people,all with different experiences, all wanting God’s justice to be made real, all committed to loving oneanother. Thinking about racism in such a setting made me mighty uncomfortable, just as reading thisbook did. There are two wonderful gifts from this experience, though: when we pay attention to ourdiscomfort, we can learn and change and love each other better, and we are all always (always, always,always!) held in the grace of Christ.

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emsr2d2

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No, it means that being uncomfortable sometimes is a fact of life and we need to stop allowing it to bother us so much. In fact, sometimes feeling uncomfortable can teach us valuable life lessons.
 

Matthew Wai

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I think 'get comfortable with' suggests 'get used to' there.
 

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Even more than "getting used to" the passage suggests you should welcome the opportunities to be uncomfortable because that's when your learning and growth take place.

As a recent example, I recently wrote an article about transgender people and sent it to my one colleague for her reaction. She said that she loved it and learned from it, but wondered if it would make people uncomfortable. I said I didn't care if it did - we need to stop resisting doing things that might make straight, white, cis, Christian males uncomfortable. If they are uncomfortable with the topic, perhaps it's a learning opportunity. The more often the learn from these moments of discomfort, the more we welcome the opportunity to be taken from "our comfort zone" and put somewhere else where there is a greater chance of learning and growth.
 
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