Comfort- The feeling of the warmth of a fire against the cold of a desert night. The appreciation of companionship after time in loneliness. The sense of "home" after a long time away. I marvel at our sense of comfort. It's quite variable and is dependent our circumstances. If we are humble in circumstance, the sense of comfort can come from such humble things.
It's amazing to think of how much of our lives are spent in search of comfort. Marketing campaigns sooth us with visuals. Key features, in the clothing we buy for our comfort, comfortable furniture, car seats (even air conditioned car seats), high thread count Egyptian cotton sheets. I've even seen a product that was a weighted blanket who's purpose is to comfort those who need to feel something a bit heavier on them at night to feel cozy enough to sleep, even the security systems on our cars and homes give us a sense of it. You get the idea.
I find it interesting that people such as myself and many others I know, are quite deliberate in putting ourselves in situations that deny us of such modern senses of comfort. Situations that strip us down to minimalist lives. Usually in search of some other experience. The byproduct of these situations is the shift in where, and what we find comfort in. The comfort of a simple fire, the shelter of a tent, as we slip into our sleeping bags. Even food tastes better in these situations.
It has been good for my soul, to thrust myself into experiences that keep me from getting too spoiled on ideas of comfort, and and more than once it occurred to me, I think we've lost something in modernity, beyond just getting "soft". We've lost the appreciation of the experience of comfort in simplicity. I think we are better people when we appreciate more when there is less, thankful for the little things, and comfort from simple contrasts, and in the end appreciation for being able to experience comfort at all.