Goldie Locks and the Three Bears is a fairy tale about comfort zones. We like our beds not too hard and not too soft, but just right. Our bodies do not like to be hotter than this or colder than that. Staying the same, or stasis, feels safe and secure. It’s the state of what we’re used to, what feels comfortable. And yet … all this comfort comes at a price. We must give up growth or movement in order to stay the same. Stagnation is a definite drawback.
One dictionary definition of stasis (per Dictionary.com): “a state or condition in which there is no action or progress.” The Latin origin of the word is “to cause to stand.” Standing our ground feels stable and secure. It is balance between two opposites. But it doesn’t get us anywhere. Stasis and movement are opposite things, we shift weight from one leg to the other to walk. This requires giving up the perfect balance, at least temporarily.
As uncomfortable as it might be, let’s face it; staying the same is not an option on Planet Earth where the only constant is change.