Comfort – Tranquil Thursday #8

A black and white photo of a solitary boat on a lake

Today I fly to Florida to spend a week with my family so I will make this simple.

I have been thinking about the things that bring us comfort. We draw comfort from various things whether it be an action, a person, a pet, a favorite food, or perhaps a piece of memorabilia.

I think comfort has taken a bad rap. Many people talk about stepping out of our ‘comfort zone’ as if it is a negative place to dwell. Comfort itself seems to have earned a negative connotation. I understand the sentiment, but I value comfort and comforting others.

Here are some questions to ponder.

  • How would you define comfort?
  • Under what circumstances do you seek and/or give comfort?
  • The sound of my father’s voice always brought me comfort. Is there a voice that beings you comfort?
  • Do you have a favorite comfort food?
  • What person, animal, place, or thing makes you feel comforted?

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A place of comfort for me is a place where even in the midst of chaos, everything seems right with the world.

Being an introvert and a loner, I seldom seek comfort from others. My dad was always the person that comforted me. He could read me. He knew when things were off kilter. I often felt simply sharing the same space with him was comforting. He was a big man who could transform me with his hugs. No one has ever hugged me like my father although my son comes pretty close.

My dad’s voice was a deep bass voice and it amazed me how much gentle comfort he could deliver with that booming voice. I miss hearing it.

I have a few comfort foods.

  • Hardboiled eggs chopped up with a little butter, eaten on toast
  • Grilled cheese sandwiches
  • A piece of warm buttered cornbread fresh from the oven
  • A cup of hot cocoa

I draw great comfort from my husband. We can both read or work independent of each other but there is comfort in the knowledge he is close by.

A dog or a cat snuggled up close, warm against my body. I find petting an animal most comforting as well.

Of course my mountains bring me great comfort  too. They hold the echoes of my family and my ancestors. They are home to me.


21 thoughts on “Comfort – Tranquil Thursday #8”

  1. I think comfort zone has been misdiagnosed. When people refer to getting out of their comfort zone, I think what they really mean is they are in a rut that needs to be shaken up, and that is most definitely not comfort zone to me.
    I spend a lot of time creating a comfort zone in my home for all. What’s better than sitting in your own living room, fire blazing in the hearth, loved ones, or at least their photos surrounding you, music delighting you, and sipping a cup of herbal tea while enjoying a lovely supper with those loved ones. Oh, did I mention the elastic waist pants?


  2. Safe travels, Maggie! I love your comfort thoughts this morning…I’ll take a mountain view, some cocoa and cornbread. 😊 Sounds lovely. And if a sweet puppy meanders by, all the better. And your father? Reading you well? I love all of that…and I can imagine his awesome hugging skills. My dad was a one-of-a-kind in the hug department, too. Thanks for a super start to my Thursday. xo! 😘


  3. I’ve used that phrase before Maggie- stepping away from what I know as safe or away from what is comfortable/normal/routine. I am reminding myself that I’m standing in front of something challenging, that I’m pushing myself and it may not feel good. That’s never stopped me from returning to things that bring comfort though- warm bread and melting butter, the quilt my daughter made, music, talking with friends/family, flannel sheets…

    I hope you have a great trip!


  4. Thanks for sharing these thoughts and questions. I can’t stand the phrase “step out of your comfort zone”, because it’s too often used by others to force me to do things I don’t feel are helpful to me.


  5. To me comfort means being comfortable and these days I am most comfortable when I wake up in a warm bed after actually sleeping instead of tossing around in pain. The early laying there, quiet and warm, no complaints from my body. Of course it doesn’t last long because the restroom calls, but it’s great for a while. I can’t complain as I have a warm place to live, food in the fridge, and clothing that is soft and wearable. My main joy is my family around me.


  6. Enjoy your family time, Maggie.
    1) Comfort to me is having no stress.
    2) Following bereavements.
    3) Not really.
    4) Glazed ring doughnuts make me smile. Red wine calms me down.
    5) My dog, Ollie. He gives me daily comfort with his love and devotion.
    Best wishes, Pete.


  7. Have a wonderful visit with family, Maggie.

    Comfort to me? A whole variety of things, among them…
    – a happy wife
    – the exchange of pleasantries with fellow bloggers
    – a warm plate of pasta
    – a good book


  8. I love these thoughts on comfort. I so agree that we need it not as a luxury, but as something that helps us rest, recharge, restore so we can be as calm as possible in the moments when life isn’t comfortable.

    And I love your thoughts about your dad’s voice. I loved my dad’s voice as well and still get comfort every time I hear a recording. Beautiful!


  9. I hope your trip goes well and that you find lots of comfort! I love your examples of comfort especially your memories of your father.
    Your comfort with your hubby too all lovely thoughts, thanks for sharing.💜


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