Posted by: Judy | December 15, 2011

What is thriving?

My sister posted about her thriving list. We Are One: Thriving List

(Sometimes, I think we were born into the same family because God knew we’d be uniquely able to help each other survive the insanity.)

I remember her telling me about the event in this post. She told me about thriving instead of only surviving. I remember saying something to the effect that I thought it was a great way of looking at it. I also remember having to act like I understood, because I wasn’t comfortable admitting I was clueless. I didn’t understand thriving either.

These were my measuring devices, my proof, that I was thriving: I hadn’t eaten dog food, because I was hungry, since I was little. In fact, I’d been buying my own food for years. I traveled when I could afford it, to visit friends. I liked what I did for a living, though it wasn’t self-supporting, not enough for an apartment of my own. I had good friends. Wasn’t that thriving? I believed it was, so I thought I understood what it meant.

Then I began to listen to my sister talk about what thriving really was. I didn’t “get” it. I believe I’m beginning to understand now.

I feel like I am thriving now that I’m pursuing my writing with all my heart and soul. I feel like I am thriving because I am nurturing healthy relationships. I feel like I am thriving because those relationships are built on give and take and trust. I feel like I am thriving because I am taking better care of myself. I’m learning what schedule works for me. I’m eating healthier. I’m walking and enjoying my SEAL puppy reps. I am thriving because I’m learning to make the effort to spend time on myself. I am thriving because I’m not always hiding away; I spend time with people I enjoy and do things that bring me joy and satisfaction.

Wow… what do you know? I think I’m thriving, finally. I’m not where I want to be, yet, but I’m headed in the right direction. I have dreams, again, like being published and having a place of my own, with dogs and horses. What a blessing.


  1. I love your list. πŸ™‚ You are a blessing to me everyday. You help me and I help you that is very cool. Love you. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for helping me realize I needed a change of perspective. πŸ™‚

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