“Too often we… enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”

– John F. Kennedy

Thoughts are seeds in the garden of the mind. Water them, and they grow. Ignore them, and they wither. Too often, we sprawl in the comfortable hammock of our opinions, swaying to the rhythm of familiar thoughts. But this comfort can stifle growth, much like an overgrown ivy that chokes a tree.

In this bubble, we bask in the sunlight of our beliefs, savoring the warmth, afraid to venture into the shadows of self-questioning. Opinions can become our soft pillows, preventing us from waking up to the blaring alarm of new information or contradictory evidence.

Yet, it’s the discomfort of thought that shakes us, challenges us, leads us on a path less traveled. It is a grueling trek, yes. Rocks of doubt can twist our ankles. Hills of uncertainty make our calves scream. But at the peak of this mountain, we gain a panoramic view of perspectives.

Thoughts are not easy. They are wild stallions—bucking and braying, difficult to saddle, hard to ride. But once tamed, they gallop to places we could never have imagined. To harness the power of thought is to harness the power of change, of evolution, of progress.

So, dare to step out of the comfort of opinion. Dare to journey into the discomfort of thought. This expedition might be uneasy, but the view from the top—the knowledge and wisdom acquired—are worth every stumbling step.

Stephen Boudreau serves as VP of Brand and Community at Virtuous Software. For over two decades, he has helped nonprofits leverage the digital space to grow their impact. To that end, Stephen co-founded RaiseDonors, a platform that provides nonprofits with technology and experiences that remove barriers to successful online fundraising. He is an avid (but aging) soccer player, audiobook enthusiast, and the heavily-disputed UNO champion of his household.

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