Unplug From Comfort

Are you hooked on comfort? Do you experience withdraws if you don’t have a hot shower, a soft bed, and a 70 degree house? 

I think a lot of men would hate to admit it, but they’re hooked on easy living. Let’s admit it, we’re all living the good life. We get irritable if we’re even a little bit hungry, or if we don’t get to watch our favorite sport on a huge screen. Don’t get me wrong, I love every single thing that I’ve listed above:  food, hot water, soft bed, etc. But I’m not in denial about it, and I’m admitting that there’s a problem. That’s the first step, right?

So why does this matter? This matters because if you can’t live without something then it owns you. If you’re addicted to your creature comforts then you’ve allowed them to be your master. 

Maybe the reason we love to go hiking and camping is because in rejecting modern technologies and comforts – even if only for a weekend – we regain a little bit of our freedom. We tell our stuff that it doesn’t own us. And man, does the air smell sweeter when you’re free! 

The Tradeoff

One of the best tradeoffs we can make is the one between doing something easy indoors or doing something that requires a little effort outdoors. There’s nothing inherently wrong about the easy, indoor life, but it is a guaranteed way to a dull and boring life. 

It takes a little work to break the inertia of your couch and create your own fun, but that’s where life is found. The ramen you cook over a fire when you’re on a mountain top tastes better than anything from a restaurant, and the waterfall you discover while hiking feels more refreshing than any spa.  

Some men chose the easy, comfortable life and then wonder why they are depressed. Others just get slowly lulled into the tedious existence of work, TV, sleep, and repeat only to wake up one day and realize they failed to ever truly live.

The day will come soon enough when we’re all physically unable to hike, camp, kayak and explore. So trade in what’s easy for a weekend adventure that the kids will still be talking about when you’re old and gray. Make the tradeoff while you still can.

Your Mission

Do your ears perk up when someone says they’ve got a “mission” for you? I think there’s something in us that flips on like a switch when we’re given a “mission.” A secret mission? Even better! Something inside our soul longs to have a purpose, some sort of noble endeavor that we alone have been entrusted to carry out.

In every great storyline the protagonist has a mission. There’s always a compelling reason for the main character to get off the couch. If there were no mission then the story would be pointless.

CAUTION! HARD QUESTION AHEAD:  Do you have a mission in your own life or is your story pointless?

In order for your story to be compelling you must have a mission that is bigger than yourself. Pursuing personal pleasure is the classic recipe for a depressed and wasted life. But when we pursue a mission to help someone else we end up finding true happiness.

Throw your energy and resources behind an amazing mission like Amoveo Group, or Compassion International. Find a calling that you are passionate about and make it your mission!