A to Z Guide to Thriving in Life Over 50s Lifestyle

‘K’ is for Key – You hold the key to the thriving in life

April 12, 2018

Key to Thriving in life is YOU

I was debating what word starting with K could possibly relate to Thriving in Life which is the theme for my AtoZ Challenge this year.  I thought of knowledge, karma, kinetic and kindness but was uninspired by any of these words.  As I sat on my balcony on a gorgeous Monday morning, I was looking at the beautiful blue sky, the waves rolling in and suddenly swirling around in my head was the word – KEY.

I reflected on this word and realised that each of us hold the key to thriving in our life.  Sure we can LISTEN, READ and LEARN from others, but unless we put things into ACTION then our life will NOT CHANGE and we certainly will not THRIVE and GROW.

Key to Thriving in life is YOU

In an article I read in Study Finds Simple Key to Thriving: Feeling Good About Your Life.  Dr. Daniel Brown, a sport and exercise scientist at the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom studied previous literature and research undertaken on thriving in life and found that put simply, we need to ‘foster a sense of development and positive feelings about our life.

It is all about Choice and whether you want to make changes in your life in order to be happy and thriving.

I found these 3 quotes which may help us to realise our potential and recognise that thriving in life is up to us – no one can do it for us, we have to open that door ourselves. Life may not always go to plan but it is the choices we make in life – sometimes good, sometimes not so good which determines what kind of life we have.

Key to Thriving in life is YOU



Key to Thriving in life is YOU



Key to Thriving in life is YOU


Are you ready to accept that you are the key to your own thriving in life?

What is one door you could open today to help you start you thriving?


In my next post in the A to Z Guide to Thriving, I’m discussing ‘L’ is for Life Long Learning and Creativity

If you have missed previous posts in the AtoZ Challenge 2018 just click here to find them all.

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  • Reply Gail April 12, 2018 at 02:35

    This is true also when we are trying to “help” someone else thrive. We can’t help them if they don’t want to help themselves.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 12, 2018 at 06:49

      Exactly Gail. I am going through a personal situation at the moment with a loved one and it is so hard knowing that they can only help themselves. I just need to remember that I’m the supporter and that is all I can do. Have a beautiful day and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply Trisha Faye April 12, 2018 at 04:59

    Very true! Wonderful words of wisdom! (Gee, too bad it’s not ‘W’ day today.)
    I love the picture you used for K. The quotes/pictures that you use are always so nicely done. Kudos!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 12, 2018 at 06:48

      Oh thanks Trisha I think finding the quotes and pictures is the most time consuming part of the post! Yes you need to make a note of Wonderful Words of Wisdom and use that for your ‘W’ day! Have a great day! x

  • Reply Karen April 12, 2018 at 09:44

    I agree that we are in charge of our own destiny and hold the key to unlocking it it. Weekends In Maine

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 12, 2018 at 10:44

      We sure are Karen. Thanks for the comment and have a great day! x

  • Reply Jennifer Jones April 12, 2018 at 10:19

    Sue I love this post! No matter what info and advice we suck in, when it comes down to it we have to make the decision to enact that advice. Nobody can do that for us. Well done!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 12, 2018 at 10:43

      Now I really appreciate your comment Jennifer because I struggled up until the 11th hour trying to think of ‘K’. I was starting to think the challenge was beyond me but made it in the end and was pretty happy with the result. Thanks for the compliment xx

  • Reply Natalie April 12, 2018 at 11:06

    Well done, Sue, with this post and your A to Z Challenge to date. Keep up your good work!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 12, 2018 at 11:28

      Thanks Natalie it was touch and go for ‘K’ for a while but I managed it in the end! xx

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au April 12, 2018 at 12:14

    I also like “don’t put the key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket”. They all relate to us being responsible for our own journey, our attitude, our reactions, and our happiness don’t they Sue? It took me until I was 50 to realize that it all comes down to how I choose to tackle life – allowing other people and situations to control me is a surefire way to be unhappy.

    Leanne | http://www.crestingthehill.com.au
    K for Keep Trying

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 12, 2018 at 17:04

      Yes if only we knew when we were our daughters’ ages what we know now Leanne. At least we found out and it is never too late is it?

  • Reply Donna April 13, 2018 at 03:19

    Hi, Sue – I agree that “key” is an excellent word choice for your ‘A to Z Thriving Series.’ Although we sometimes forget it, we do hold the key. That shift in perception alone can be very powerful. Thank you for another inspiring post!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 13, 2018 at 12:36

      Thanks Donna – I found the key! K was really stumping me and it just proves if we walk away and then come back ideas will flow!

  • Reply Karen Hume April 13, 2018 at 05:14

    Key is a great word for your challenge, Sue. An inspired choice and a good metaphor.

    And I agree – we do each hold our own key. Right now I’m at the stage of trying every key and knowing that it’s going to be the last one, but having to go through all of the others to get to that last, right one. In other words, while I’m thriving in some areas, I’m striving or downright struggling in others. I’ll keep working those keys!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 13, 2018 at 12:37

      Hi Karen I think finding the key may be a work in progress for us all. Some keys just fit easily, others you need to jiggle and some just won’t fit at all. Just a matter of finding the right key for the right door. xx

  • Reply Pat April 13, 2018 at 08:07

    I love the phase: “the simple key: feeling good about your life”. I have spent a lot of time since retirement in practicing positivity. Essentially – feeling good about my life – where I am and who I am right now. That doesn’t mean I don’t continue to look for new things to try and new ways to grow, but like Leanne has said … I am responsible for my own journey, my attitude, my reactions, and my happiness. I hold the key!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 13, 2018 at 12:42

      You certainly are having a wonderful phase of life Pat and accepting that you hold the key, well there is no holding you back!

  • Reply Victoria April 13, 2018 at 09:01

    You are so right we hold the key to our own potential. Sometimes it’s not the last key that works but you have to keep trying till you get the right one.

  • Reply Debbie April 13, 2018 at 15:38

    Such a great message Sue! I love the three quotes too ?

  • Reply Shirley Corder April 13, 2018 at 15:39

    Clever well-written post, Sue – and such a good choice of word for K! I love your graphics. There’s a whole message in them alone! (They’re the key to the message – hah!) Moving on to L for Learn something new!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 13, 2018 at 16:44

      As I wrote Shirley, I just couldn’t get inspired about any word starting with K. Once I hit on Key there was no stopping me 🙂

  • Reply Miriam April 13, 2018 at 15:40

    Wonderful post Sue. We certainly all do hold the key to our own happiness. Here’s to opening a few doors that lead to amazing opportunities. Loved all the quotes too. ?

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 13, 2018 at 16:46

      Now that is something I will agree with Miriam – doors opening to amazing opportunities! You might need to read my ‘O’ is for….. and that is all I’m saying at the moment 🙂

  • Reply Kalpanaa April 13, 2018 at 16:14

    I had to laugh at the quote – don’t give up – normally it’s the last key that opens the door – because it is so true. It’s a relevant reminder for me right now because it has been a rather frustrating period for one reason or the other and nothing seems to be happening smoothly. So the last key situation gives me hope. On the whole the post was lovely – it is true that we’re in charge of our own ability to thrive.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 13, 2018 at 16:48

      Isn’t it true Kalpanaa! I do hope things improve for you and that you find the right key. Life is full of ups and downs isn’t it? Take care and enjoy your weekend. xx

  • Reply Heather Erickson April 14, 2018 at 00:55

    Hi Sue, I’m catching up on A to Z posts after a day of classes for Real Estate and another day of chemo for my husband.

    This is a great post. We can make choices for our actions and choices for our attitudes that can completely turn around our circumstances and our perspectives. What a difference that makes!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 14, 2018 at 11:46

      Hi Heather! I do appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment as you certainly have more pressing matters to attend to in your life. I just hope that my posts give you some support and inspiration each day. xx

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