At certain point in history, in particular parts of the world, the wealthiest people such as kings lived in castles. I’m sure many people have fantasized about living in a castle. The fantasy probably does not mirror the reality of what it was like hundreds of years ago. By comparison, the comforts of most of our modern day houses outshines castle living. Castles were made of cold stone without heat or air conditioning. Although they served as protection from the elements in some ways, there was no escaping the fact that survival was the order of the day and not comfort.
In the past month, I’ve challenged myself to take cold showers every morning. This has been an eye opening experience for a variety of reasons. Although I started it for a variety of health benefits, it has actually been the change in perspective that I’ve noticed the most. The key to making it through the cold exposure is control. Not control over the external world but control over the internal world. Recognition of the discomfort that you are in and finding a way to become comfortable with it is a revelation.
WE LIVED IN CASTLES! The wealthiest people used to live in a discomfort that we don’t really understand but they survived. The human body, mind and spirit are actually set up to endure much greater discomfort than we put ourselves through on a daily basis. The thing is that we’ve lured ourselves into the comfort trap. We’ve trapped ourselves into a 10 or even 5 degree window of comfort. It’s not the circumstance but rather our perspective on it that traps us. We believe that we cannot handle the discomfort, so we live as if it were true. The space between where you are and where you want to be is filled with the discomfort that you think you’re not ready for. So the question becomes, do you want to live in comfort of your present life or in the castle of your dreams? Neither of them requires your circumstances to change, the latter requires that you do!