1. Why should a thriving life be of any importance?
2. Is this definition adequate?
Well for starters, in this era of digital platforms attention has become the social currency of choice.
Sitting idle with an unhealthy amount of time wasted on screen time on the latest social media channel vying for social clout or finding entertainment and instant gratifying benefits, perhaps?
Thriving exists when we're in a state of engaging an experience and engaging a new environment. When we're out of our element but we push past the fears that want to hold growth back. Then, the intent to prosper and grow regardless of comfort level brings forth an ever-evolving life.
I've learned first-hand, lasting intrinsic value happens when we're creating impact by giving value to the world through our God-given abilities, insights, and experiences
There is a quote by author David Orr, from his 1992 book Ecological Literacy: Education and the Transition to a Postmodern World that speaks to this:
“The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.”
David Orr’s quote has been shared throughout social channels but I also believe David Orr is missing a piece to this quote.
The creatives, the change maker's, and the “thriver's.”
This invites us to think deeper about why a thriving life is important to society as a whole.
“Thriver's” have stories of overcoming adverse conditions and situations that have shifted perspective.
"Thriver's" don’t measure success externally by material accumulations but rather internally through the impact of value and service they've done.
Having interviewed TEDx speakers, best-selling authors, social entrepreneurs, and game changers, and heard their stories of self-discovery. They’ve most often that not, had one monumental shift because of a single choice that shifted perception and made idleness into prospering towards a purpose-driven intention.
Making the leap from merely existing to prospering is the essence of thriving.
So how can we thrive today?
1. First, we can start where we are in our communities by making a choice to fill a need.
Volunteering our time, money, and or material possessions for charity and stepping into servitude keeps a community thriving when we help the disenfranchised and become part of the solution within our society.
2. Next, we can start internal growth by journaling the things we’re grateful for that has perhaps gotten lost in our busy lives.
3. Trackback throughout your lifetime and jot down the small stuff, because in the big picture they all matter. (Not for the ego, but for the small acknowledgments of growth that have not had their day in the sun.) Acknowledging the smaller accomplishments gives them the space they deserve in our lives versus not giving them a thought.
4. Finally, making a choice to thank and being in a state of gratitude is important to a thriver. Being grateful for all that we have through our thoughts, words, and actions through acts of kindness create a new level of enlightenment.
Sure, we can always sit back with idle thinking about impacting lives and making a difference as we scroll through social media news feeds.
But what the world needs are the peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, lovers, change makers, and thriver's to leave their imprint on the world through diligence.
Which leads back to the first question, is thriving better than surviving?
Merely surviving doesn't always stretch us to the brink of breakdown, as when we experience a large breakthrough it's because we've hit "rock bottom." When we've seen "the worst," we're ready to humbly receive "the best" and thrive beyond merely surviving.
Anyone can recover, but learning from others, sharing with others, and growing with others can be the choice that elevates our world from hate and despondency to making the world habitable and humane for all.