Two Aspects of Life: Development and Feeling Safe

It’s time to take bold steps for development…

Hüseyin GÜZEL
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Doğan Cüceloğlu said, “Every moment we live, we have two options: to take a step towards development or to stay one step behind to feel safe.” This impressive statement reminds us that life offers two basic options: Take a step for development or to stay behind to feel safe. This deep thought emphasizes a dilemma that confronts in various areas of life. While each of us is trying to balance these two paths, in this article we will consider the charm of choosing this second path and how we can choose the path of development, and we will emphasize the balance between development and feeling safe, based on Doğan Cüceloğlu’s thoughts.

“Every time we live, we have two options ahead: to take a step towards development, or to stay one step back to feel safe.” Doğan Cüceloğlu

This statement emphasizes that life is a set of choices and that every choice brings us closer to development or security. Development is the process of self-knowledge of the individual, revealing his potential and improving his quality of life. Security, on the other hand, is a situation where the individual does not feel threatened, comfortable and peaceful. It is important to strike a balance between development and security, because both are from human needs.

However, there is also a conflict between development and security, because to develop, it is sometimes necessary to leave our safe area and take risks.

Taking a step towards development increases the individual’s self-confidence, creativity, originality and sense of success. Development-oriented individuals become more resistant, flexible and adaptive to life’s challenges.

Development-oriented individuals are open to continuous learning to create new opportunities, gain new skills and experience new experiences. Development-oriented individuals set goals that align with their own values to find the meaning and purpose of their lives.

Being one step back to feel safe meets the individual’s need for self-protection, relaxation and rest. Safety-focused individuals stick to routines to avoid life’s uncertainties, reduce stress and ensure comfort. Security-focused individuals are afraid to try new things because they run the risk of failure, criticism or rejection. Security-oriented individuals adapt goals that conflict with their own values so as not to lose control of their lives.

Feeling Safe: Comfort Zone and Stagnation

“Feeling safe” as the first option carries an attraction for most people. This refers to being in the comfort zone and avoiding change. The comfort zone is a kind of “feeling safe” point at work, in relationships or in personal growth. However, this area has potential long-term risks. When people stay here, their development is limited, their skills are blunted and they can break away from the flow of life.

Taking a Step Towards Development: Risk and Reward

The other option, “taking a step towards development,” involves risk and uncertainty. But it’s also full of growth, learning and personal satisfaction. This path means acquiring new skills, having different experiences and pushing your limits. It may seem scary at first glance, but in the long run, this path offers a richer life experience.

Conscious Preference and Balance

At this point, it’s time to make conscious choices in life. Finding a balance between development and feeling safe can be the best way for most people. Feeling safe can be comforting, but it’s not satisfying in the long run without development. Choosing the path of development is full of risks, but this path helps us maximize our personal potential.

It’s Time to Take Bold Steps for Development

These powerful words of Doğan Cüceloğlu summarize the basic reality of life: We live in a world where we have to choose between taking bold steps for development or feeling safe. Both ways have advantages and challenges. But choosing the path of development to discover our true potential and taste the richness of life often opens the doors to a more satisfying and meaningful life. Therefore, move forward boldly and chart the path to your development. Any moment you live can be the beginning of a journey between these options.

As a result, Doğan Cüceloğlu’s word emphasizes that life is a whole of choices and that every choice brings us closer to development or security. It is important to strike a balance between development and security, because both are from human needs. However, there is also a conflict between development and security, because to develop, it is sometimes necessary to leave our safe area and take risks. Which option we prefer in our lives as an individual is completely in our hands.

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