Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Comfort Zone

I like comfort zones. They're comfy. Like being in flannel pajamas under an enormous comforter, I like the norm. I know I move from state to state at the drop of a hat but apparently it's still within my comfort zone. Arbonne, on the other hand, is not in my comfort zone. Well, doing classes is fine it's not too difficult and so far it's been friends and family hosting them so again it's comfortable. Unfortunately, I've run out of friends and family and now have to move on to strangers.

I don't like talking to strangers. It's a habit I developed as a child. Everybody knows you don't talk to strangers. Now however, I not only have to talk to strangers I have to tell them about my business. It's not that I don't believe in it or the amazing opportunity, I really do, it's just that I don't like to HAVE to talk to strangers. I actually haven't felt this out of sorts since I started college. This guy asked me one time, "so why do you run across campus?". Well, I didn't actually run across campus, it was more like race walking. I just remember being so scared because I'd never been to a school that big before (my high school had 50 students) and I was a bundle of nerves the whole time I was there. I remember being too scared to ask anyone where the bathroom was, so thankfully I only had 3 hours of classes. It took me half of the first semester to finally check my mail box and trying to find out where grades were posted took me forever; I did actually have to ask someone.

I did finally settle into a routine during my second year, but even still I don't think I ever felt totally comfortable there and it took me 6 years to graduate.

Anyway, Arbonne. It's an incredible opportunity and I know how to make it work, I just don't know how I'll be able to do it. UGH!

Anyway, enough whining. I am better now.

9 comments:

Tisra said...

You wouldn't initially strike me as someone who would "run" to class to avoid interacting with strangers. I guess you'll be getting over this pretty immediately, though. You have to. I hope to hear stories of the glorious strangers you've met this week. The funny thing is, I know God wants us to be like this everyday in sharing His love and the story of His sacrifice, but we don't always get out of that comfort zone. All Christians should view their outreach like you're viewing Arbonne. A neccessity.

Amy said...

What? No, "poor Amy has to meet strangers"?!? Just kidding. I have met a couple of people this week. The thing is though I have to do it over and over and over again.

You're right about the Christian thing. I take more of a "let me get to know you approach" to that as well.

Tisra said...

Nope, no pity. Go meet 'em girl! The Birmingham area is yours! (okay, that is officially your pep talk for at least a week.)

Joyce said...

It's obvious that God is moving you out of your comfort zone.......Maybe it'll help to remember that what He calls you to do, he'll also equip you for......

Amy said...

Yeah, yeah, I know. I'm just whining.

travis said...

Quit whining and get back to work! (Now for the obligatory "Just kidding".) Honey, I'm very proud of you and I KNOW you will succeed at this.

mary said...

I totally relate, but everytime I've left that comfort zone...I have such a good time. Maybe you could kill two birds with one stone and invite the people you meet to the new church as well as sell them some Arbonne. Then...maybe you should set up an Arbonne display at your church meetings. Really drive the point home. :)

Angie said...

Hey Amy! I used to run across campus too! It's a long story! I think it was an anxiety thing! My Dad and I can get pretty hyper!

Joyce said...

I'm just beginning to see that moving out of the so called "comfort zone" has many exciting possibilities!