I Have a Comfort Zone

Everyone has a comfort zone. I like to think of myself as not possessing one, but it’s there. Just rather oversized.

So, Shae, what is something outside your comfort zone?

Writing poetry.

But this past week, my mom (aka my homeschool teacher) challenged us to write something based on “To Make a Prairie” by Emily Dickinson. It could be an essay or poem, but it had to be along the lines of her poem, not an assessment of it. I’ve always tried to make myself do the most difficult option (which sometimes is a stupid decision), so I chose to write a poem, even though I’ve been kind of afraid to do that because I didn’t want it to sound terrible!

Here’s Emily Dickinson’s poem:

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,

One clover, and a bee.

And revery.

The revery alone will do, If bees are few.

And here’s what I came up with:

A forest is made
With seeds
And creatures
And time.

A forest will grow
With sprouts
And sunshine
And time.

A forest is firm
With roots
And reaching
And time.

A forest will stand
Through wind
And weather
And time.

A forest is loved
With walks
And family
And time.

A forest is held
In minds
And memories
And time.

Well, there ya go.

God has given each of us a comfort zone for a reason. To burst out of it. Even though I will never be the next Emily Dickinson, I’m glad I wrote the poem and proved something to myself. When God asks me to do something out of my comfort zone, I’ll know he will enable me to do it, no matter how hard. After all, if I can complete the monumental task of writing a poem, there’s no telling where I’ll go. 😂

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. – Isaiah 41:10, KJV

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. – Joshua 1:9, KJV

Has God ever asked you to do something outside your comfort zone?

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  1. Heaven says:

    Great post! Going out of your comfort zone can be difficult. It’s something I struggle with, but I know God is here to help me. I think God want’s us to get out of our comfort zone, so we can rely on Him for strength and not do it on our own. I’m glad you learned this lesson (& will continue learning it), and I hope the same for myself. 😊

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    1. You’re absolutely right! Thanks, Heaven ❤

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  2. Amy Blount says:

    Good poem! What did you name it?

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    1. It doesn’t have a name 😂

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      1. Amy Blount says:

        I had a poem recently that I couldn’t name. So I titled it the titleless poem and asked others to give me suggestions for a name and then announced who won and named the poem that. (You’d be surprised how many like to help with that sort if thing)

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      2. Cool! Do you have a title for mine? It’s fine if you don’t 😂

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      3. Amy Blount says:

        https://wp.me/p9QcwC-tm here’s the link. Read the comments and see how they responded and engaged in it, if you’d like.

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      4. Amy Blount says:

        Yes it was hard to choose. But fun and was touching to see the winner’s gratitude and happiness for herself!

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  3. Amy Blount says:

    And Time…would be my suggestion.

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  4. Well, you could have fooled me!! I think your poem is wonderful!! Good for you for stepping out, Shae!! 💜

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    1. Aww, thank you, Lynn! I’m glad you liked it!

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  5. Your poem is beautiful!! It compares so well with Emily’s but in its own special and unique way. I really enjoyed it!

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    1. Thanks, Jess! That’s good to hear!

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  6. I think writing poetry should be in your comfort zone.😊

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  7. Your poem was beautiful. Very good job for your first one.

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    1. Well thank you, Corrie!

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  8. T. R. Noble says:

    I love it! When I was 13 I started writing poetry and I really believed I would never be able to write novels or full completed stories. I had always attempted and things would fall through. But it wasn’t till my mid 20s when I first completed my novel, and I was shocked. It was something I was writing for Him, and He helped me get through. I can see you have the same path with poetry. Maybe, He will use you to reach others through it 🙂 ❤

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    1. That’s awesome! Maybe 😊

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  9. This is beautiful. I’ve definitely been asked to do something out of my comfort zone. This blog is one of those things. Being a very private person, it takes a lot out of me to share my personal thoughts. I may not be the best at going all out, I still try and maintain this path. He always seems to inspire me with words when I start to pull away. This is how I know he wants me to continue this path. Blessings! Xoxo

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    1. That’s great! It’s so great that you’re willing to write your personal story, even if it’s hard.

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  10. mitchteemley says:

    Your poem does Emily justice.

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    1. That means so much coming from you! ❤

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  11. You did well stepping out of our comfort zone. We grow most when we step out of the comfort zone. That is when God gets the greatest glory.

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