What is thriving?

I love watching people. In coffee shops, the community center, while waiting for my kids after their activities. Recently as I was watching people walking by I started to wonder how many people, if I asked them, would tell me they felt they were thriving? Of course that would be a moment in time, a snap shot, but if I asked about their day and their life in general, what would thriving be for them?

My question for you, dear reader, is

What constitutes thriving for you? Is access to thriving a privilege for the fortunate few or achievable to anyone?

4 thoughts on “What is thriving?

  1. Michelle Louise Reply

    Hmm… great question! Thriving… I most feel like I’m thriving when my life has a sense of purpose, but also rest. I’ve had times when I definitely felt that sense of purpose, but was not resting, and the stress levels were bringing me way down…. Then I’ve had seasons of rest, but no purpose, and that makes me bored! So for me, when I’m in a place of finding balance between those two components, I really feel like I’m thriving.

    • jacqste@gmail.com Post authorReply

      Thanks for your comment. I think it is interesting that you are identifying that there also needs to balance against the periods of rest. Often when we are really busy we just feel like we need rest and we forget that that needs to be balanced as well.

  2. Gina Reply

    Thriving is difficult if you are worried about where the rent money is coming from or how you are going to put food on the table. I experienced a couple years of that after the ex walked out on me and my two boys. There were moments of happiness, sure, but just as many moments of fear and stress. It’s all about survival. I would say I am much closer to thriving now, thank goodness, out of sheer stubbornness, creativity, and hard work. I have a good job, am spending time taking care of myself, and have even begun to date again. I’m fortunate that I also had a lot of support and opportunities opened up to me. So I think it’s possible to thrive coming out of a poverty situation, but it’s not as easy. For far too many people it is a daunting task.

    • jacqste@gmail.com Post authorReply

      Thank you for your comment Gina. I would love to know what things could have helped you during that time. And what things did help you? I am interested in finding a way to help people who don’t usually have the luxury of getting coaching and health education find access to improving their lives.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *