The Comfort Challenge: Results

Two weeks ago, I played a photography guessing game with my readers/viewers. They had to guess why the pictures I posted represented comfort to me. My friend and fellow blogger, Hailey, was the first to guess, and she was pretty much on the money.

Below is my explanation of why these items symbolize comfort.

Numéro 1 – The Comfort of Star Trek

I just love watching Star Trek, any Star Trek. Ever since I was a little girl watching Captain Kirk on the CBC, Star Trek has given me the comfort of dreaming up new possibilities for myself. Through these series, I’ve realized that I’m not the only one who dreams of worlds coming together in creative and peace provoking ways. Gene Roddenberry, and the Star Trek creators that followed him, also held and hold on to this ideal. No matter how weird your dream may seem to be to someone else, your dream is important. Embrace yourself. Find your own personal comfort zone.

“If we’re going to be damned, let’s be damned for what we really are.” — Jean-Luc Picard in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Encounter At Farpoint

The most comforting of captains — “Make it so, Number 1.”

Numéro 2 – Released from the “straps” that bind

Ladies, you know what I’m talking about: we feel like we need them, but would love if society supported the “anti-support” movement. When I get home after a long, constraining day at work, the first thing I do is reach back, and unsnap…..Ahhhhh! Now that’s comfort.

Numéro 3 – The comfort of letting go

“This silence… just be a witness to it. Don’t think about it, don’t make any judgment about it. Just be a simple witness, a mirror which reflects and makes no judgment. This very moment you can become a witness. Witnessing is the only religion there is.”

—Osho

I’m not sure when it finally clicked that I had the ability to let go of the stories I spun in my mind, but this realization has been one of the most comforting techniques I’ve managed to acquire. I can’t do it all the time, and I still manage to let unproductive ideas run wild, but when I remind myself that I can let go of these thoughts, even for a few seconds, I finally understand all the Buddhist teachings I’ve studied. For those few seconds, I understand peace. Peace is the ultimate comfort.