Thriving versus Surviving
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
~ Maya Angelou
You go about your day doing what you do but are you surviving or thriving? How would you answer that question if I asked you right now? First you have to understand the difference between surviving and thriving. Surviving you are existing in spite of danger or hardship, and thriving you are prospering and flourishing. Big difference!
Regardless of your current situation or circumstances, I am sure most of you reading this would love to say that you ARE thriving right now in your life. Some of you are thriving . . . while many of you may not be. If you feel “stuck in a rut” or depressed or even bored, you are not thriving.
You can continue to survive or you can make a conscious choice to thrive. It’s up to you – your choice. If you decide you want to thrive, what does that mean for you and how do you do that?
There are many facets to live a life where you are thriving. It can be overwhelming to make all or many of the necessary changes. Pick one piece of what thriving means to you and work on that. Once you take steps, even baby steps, toward making changes in that area, it will help you make changes in other areas of your “surviving” life to a “thriving” life.
When you do not have a lot of resources in your life . . . family, friends, money, material things to live, etc, it becomes difficult to find ways to start thriving. That is understandable. Regardless of what you have or don’t have, it is your perception and attitude that contributes to the quality of your life. It’s what you make of what you have that allows you to thrive.
Something that can help tremendously and will cost you nothing other than your time, is to look at your beliefs and attitudes about yourself and your life. What you think, you become! If you believe all those things you were told years ago about not being capable or good enough, that is what you will be. You may want to click on this link to read an earlier blog that tells how what you think and speak about yourself affects the life you are living.
After you have made changes to your beliefs about yourself, look at what you believe about your life. No matter what is going on in your life, you have choices! You can choose to stay right where you are and that is fine. Or, you can choose right now in this moment that your life is going to take another path. You are the master of your life, not someone else.
Anything is possible and miracles happen!
I know you are saying that Julie doesn’t understand what I am going through and what is happening in my life. You are correct!!! I don’t know. What I do know is that you know YOU better than anyone else on this planet. If you choose, you have the strength and the wisdom within you to accomplish just about anything. I believe that anything is possible and miracles happen!
Is there something about your life where you feel like you are stuck? Is it your job, relationship, health, finances? Pick one area and find one thing you can do to help you start the process of getting “unstuck”.
For example, let’s look at the job you feel stuck in. Realistically you feel you can’t just quit because you have bills to pay and responsibilities. Okay, that’s fair. Is there something about your job that you love or at least like a lot? Can you focus on that part of your job and look forward to it each day? Or, is there a project at work that interest you that you could ask to help with it?
Maybe you can look outside your current job and find something to do part-time that would make you happy. Have you ever had an idea of doing something on your own and possibly it could develop into your own business? Is there a hobby that intrigues you that may someday turn into more than a hobby?
Any change you make in any area of your life is going to spill over and affect all areas of your life. Everything is interrelated. Whether you take a small or big step towards getting “unstuck," watch how everything in your life begins to change and flow. I'm celebrating you taking that first step to being in the flow of a thriving life! You can do it!
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12/5/2018 06:40:39 pm
Great article, loved it
12/5/2018 07:43:02 pm
Thank you Angela. Appreciate your kind words!
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