This week’s guest on the Over 50 & Thriving series looks at surviving and thriving and asks some pertinent questions. I haven’t known Esme, from Esme Salon for all that long, but I love her approach to life, her generosity in bringing together other like minded bloggers and her ‘Share and Inspire Other’s attitude.
I would encourage you to connect with Esme through the links at the end of her post.
What’s the difference between surviving and thriving?
Have you ever thought about: What’s the difference between surviving and thriving?
The difference between these approaches are somewhat straightforward! Do you agree?
Surviving is doing what is necessary to live. It has been said that it is like dragging yourself forward without a clear destination. Life gets a meaning when people starts living it, beyond survival.
Why is it that most of us die with a false impression of living but actuality we were just surviving? The purpose of life is to both live and survive.
As per the English dictionary:
1. continue to live or exist, especially in spite of danger or hardship.
“against all odds the child survived”
synonyms: remain alive, live, sustain oneself, pull through, get through, hold on/out, make it, keep body and soul together “he survived by escaping through a hole”
continue, remain, persist, endure, live on, persevere, abide, go on, carry on, be extant, exist
“the theater must survive”
• continue to live or exist in spite of (an accident or ordeal).
“he has survived several assassination attempts”
• remain alive after the death of (a particular person).
“he was survived by his wife and six children”
synonyms: outlive, outlast;
live longer than
“he was survived by his sons”
We all run into pain, calamities, we have all sorts of different bumps in the road, problems, stress or anxiety and sorrow but we just need to dig into ourselves and climb out of that stinky dark hole any way you can. It’s not always easy, but things do change. The tough times do make me resilient and hopefully wiser and more sympathetic too.
We all do heal (in time and differently) and develop/mature and very often, out of the hurt, comes something so much better, more pleasing and amazing.
Thriving is not being satisfied by just surviving, but to triumph and to make continual progress.
A thriving approach is defined by tirelessly challenging oneself and reaching higher and higher, and day by day making a steady and good improvement in what we do and set out to do.
1. (of a child, animal, or plant) grow or develop well or vigorously.
“the new baby thrived”
o prosper; flourish.
“education groups thrive on organization”
synonyms: flourish, prosper, burgeon, bloom, blossom, mushroom, do well, advance, succeed, boom
“the roses in the west garden are thriving”
flourishing, prosperous, prospering, growing, developing, burgeoning, blooming, healthy, successful, booming, mushrooming, profitable, expanding;
informal going strong, going from strength to strength
“real estate continues to be a thriving industry”
Are you flourishing in life or simply moving through an endless list of tasks, from day to day?
At home you run errands, have tons of responsibilities? Housework, kids, taking care of them and all the rest, just to name a few. We all need to learn how to break the cycle and start thriving.
One way to do this would be to surround yourself with other “thrivers”. You can do this at work as well as in your personal life.
When you surround yourself with colleagues and /or friends and family who have big ideas and are doing something to make that ideas happen, it will motivate you in such a way to keep you moving forward and towards what you want and meet and exceed your own goals.
To date, I have not found anything wrong with continuously wanting to improve certain aspects of my life (work or personal). Always keep in mind and be aware of what is most important to you. Also, be mindful not to step on or over others to achieve your own goals and in doing so hurting others.
My Motto in work and in general:
Share, Care & Inspire and by doing so, I thrive and feel that I am making a difference, small but still in my own way, this helps me to Thrive