The poet Maya Angelou has made her name being many things to many people, not the least of which is inspirational. Her words can caress someone's soul and fan their passions as if they were always hidden away inside them and brought out at the perfect moment.
Angelou's words that follow are ones Stonepath takes to heart every day, because we see that in their simplicity they speak to a truth anyone can identify with.
"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style."
When you think of what it means to thrive, what do you picture? Does it involve becoming better at your job? Perhaps you see yourself surrounded by new friends, enjoying their company. Athletes might take that to mean they are seeing the fruits of their hard work and determination ... they have grown and developed and are enjoying some kind of success.
But that's not all it means to thrive. It means you can find success in any form and find a way to keep it going -- the perpetuation of that feeling of growth.
Being able to thrive means that you have some balance: you can feel it physically, mentally and emotionally. An article on www.chopra.com by Tamara Lechner talks about the difference between surviving and thriving, and she says that part of being able to thrive might mean making two lists: one describes what you do every day, and one lists what you love to do. Compare the lists and adjust things to maximize as much of your time on activities that are good for you -- mind and body.
Everyone seeks to thrive in their own way in life, including Tracey and myself. Start by deciding what it means to you to thrive, and then begin to plan how you'll get there. It takes small steps at first, but once you start that journey they'll feel a lot bigger.
If you've found something of ours that helps you along the way, let us know so we can share your story with everyone -- perhaps your words will help someone begin their own path to thriving.