Today’s post is by our Brave Writer, Angela Giles Klocke
Thrive. This word keeps coming up for me in different circles. Is it the new buzz word, or does it come up for me because I need to focus on it?
Thrive * verb
to prosper; be fortunate or successful.
to grow or develop vigorously; flourish.
As I step into each new day of this one beautiful life of mine, I realize the idea of thriving has been attractive to me, but I haven’t always understood it or embraced it. For years, it was enough for me to be a survivor. I felt that the work to survive had been enough — plenty, in fact — and anything beyond that was for other people, braver people, stronger people.
Yet, the message I continue to hear loud and clear is that thriving is for me too. I am worthy of thriving.
I’m entering the conversation Lesley started with her Alive to Thrive Fridays because I’m challenging myself to thrive, not just survive.
Survival to me looks like getting through, getting done, trying to stay caught up, trying to stay well, and on and on. No more do I find power in survival (for myself). Like the show Survivor, I’ve wasted so much time trying to outwit, outlast, and outplay each day, all in the name of getting through, making it another 24 hours. That works in the beginning, but then it’s time to step beyond that. It’s time to reclaim, grab hold of, and live this life.
Alive to Thrive
Lesley has started a conversation I want to take part in, that I want to invite you to take part in too. It’s a beautiful perspective to take, to step out from behind the shields we protect ourselves with, the labels we hide behind (or that others place on us), and the race we are trying to run that is on the wrong track.
I am alive to thrive, to live, to rejoice, to be part of this world, not merely an observer, not just someone who got through it. I want to live every inch of it and leave no idea unexplored. I want to be propelled to do more because of where I’ve been, not less because I’ve allowed my past to hold me back. No more fear or anxiety or doubt. I want to be full of the courage that comes from a Father who didn’t save me so that I could just hide my way through until the end.
To thrive means to be open, to be vulnerable, to know the risk and love anyway and jump anyway and try anyway. To thrive means to embrace being brave as if it were a mandate from God (and it is!) instead of a good idea floating around the Internet.
I choose to thrive. I choose to be brave. I choose to live.
Won’t you join me? (And Lesley!)
Angela is a writer, photographer, speaker, activist, and princess living in Southern Colorado. She spends her days with family, friends, dogs, an old cat, words, pictures, and God. She can be found online at: angelagilesklocke.com