“Ah, there is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” Jane Austen

As any well-seasoned traveler can attest, navigating airports these days is often a challenge.                                       

While many of us have experienced delays and long wait times, it’s not everyday that erupting volcanoes are added to the mix.

Which goes to show that just about anything can happen.

During your travels, have you ever noticed what your comfort level might be at any given point during your trip?

Or perhaps you were more aware of a lack of comfort, than anything else.

Of course, on an airplane, being seated in First Class is the way to go if you’re looking for comfort and some in-flight pampering. Yet, for those of us sitting in Coach, it is often a very different experience.

On a recent flight, I found myself seated next to a mother and her eighteen month old baby. The woman had not booked a seat for her child – she was hoping I might not show up.

The baby was perfectly happy until she had to give up her seat and be held firmly on her mothers’ lap. At that point, she let out a blood-curdling scream of protest.

Comfortable I was not.

The baby clearly needed a seat of her own, and I needed some peace and quiet. Much to my relief, the stewardess ushered me to a new seat in one of the exit rows.

I now had plenty of leg-room, the baby had a seat several rows behind me and well out of earshot, and all was well with the world.

I was very comfortable.

On any given day, our comforts levels are frequently tested, and for each of us, that definition is unique.

And when it comes to our homes – well, there is almost no end to the number of ways consumers can pamper themselves with what seems comfortable to them.

Whether selecting furniture, linens, paint colors, fabrics or household appliances – and that’s just naming a few – you will be faced with many decisions.

However, before you choose, why not step back and ask yourself the following very important question.

What does Comfort mean to you?

While you mull that over, here’s another tidbit of information:  there was a time in history when Comfort, as a concept, didn’t even exist.

No-one thought about it, no-one even knew about it.

And if people didn’t know there was such as thing as Comfort, well, they certainly didn’t miss it.

This was certainly true of the Middle Ages, right up until the 18th century. That’s when the French finally caught on, and starting to create infinitely more comfortable furniture , and noticeably more elegant room settings, that were far superior  to what had been available in the past.

Along with the absence of Comfort, the notion of Privacy – something else that most of us take for granted – was also a foreign concept.

As in non-existent.

It’s hard to imagine, isn’t it?

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