This is a word that’s been stuck in my head for months so… I figured I’d write about it.
I don’t really know where to start… Maybe with the song. That’s a good idea!
There is this song that I often hear on the radio at just the right time by Casting Crowns called Thrive.
Here are some of the lyrics….
It got me thinking about this word THRIVE and the concept of Thriving. What does it mean? What does it look like?
I didn’t have answers… But I started looking and searching.
What I started seeing was a whole lot of people (myself included) just going through the motions of life. Getting up. Going to work. Playing on Facebook. Watching TV. And going to bed. Rinse and repeat. Ordinary lives. Just existing. Some of them dreading life and Just waiting to die. What’s the point?!? Life is meant to be lived and enjoyed.
I talk to people everyday who are in a very rough times of their life. People who have been, or are being, knocked down by unforeseen circumstances or are dealing with the consequences of decisions they have made. How they (WE) choose to handle these situations what defines us. The best part of my job is when they will let me show them the way and guide them towards a brighter future.
So I looked up the word thrive. Thrive is a Verb (an action word in case you forgot 😉) means to Grow. Or develop. Synonymous With the words: flourish, prosper, bloom, do well, advance, and my favorite SUCCESS. BE SUCCESSFUL! yes! I want that!
I started to realize that I want more than simply surviving. I want to do well. I want to prosper and bloom. I want to flourish! I mean, how cool is the word flourish? I want to thrive.
What does that look like? I still don’t have the answer to that totally. I know it doesn’t look like getting to retirement and having to work when I’d rather be traveling the world. I know it means that I can’t be so caught up in work that I fail to enjoy life… Or even work. For me it means investing in others to help them thrive. Planting seeds of possibly and positivity in their lives so they can grow to thier full potential. I know that I can’t flourish if I let my attitude keep getting in the way. I can’t grow if I don’t try different things to create growth. I knew I have to take care of me… Mentally, physically and emotionally if I am going to thrive (something I’m not always so good at).
Life is only so long.
Here is what I think is cool… And a little bit terrifying. It’s my choice. Am I going to Thrive? Who’s gonna stop me…. Only I can stop myself! Who’s stopping you from thriving?
Are we going to survive? Or THRIVE?