This is the second part of series in exploring the similarities of surviving and thriving. Last week I mentioned I would share with you the names of people in history who epitomize resilience. They are a true inspiration.
- Helen Keller (blind and deaf from birth, demonstrated remarkable resilience in learning how to communicate and live with passion. She was tireless)
- Nelson Mandela (jailed for decades in South Africa during apartheid, then later leader of the country)
- Aung San Suu Ky i(Pro-democracy advocate in Myanmar whose father who lived under threat and house arrest for many years)
- Anne Frank (Jewish girl who kept famous diary and notes whilst hiding from Nazis, then later died in a concentration camp)
- Christopher Reeves (an actor who played Superman in the movies became paralyzed when he fell from a horse).
Without a question these people are considered survivors. Check out The Resiliency Center and read about every day people who are survivors and thrivers. After you read a couple of the life stories such as Gloria R. Nash’s The Journey of a Late Bloomer let me know your thoughts. Gloria possesses a strong sense of self-determination moving beyond childhood polio. She was abandoned by her parents, developed an eating disorder, used drugs and was isolated. Her story shows that inside each of us we truly have the ability to heal and grow, if we are willing to face our own pain.
Now let’s take a look at thriving. What does thriving have beyond surviving? Thriving has a quality of flourishing. Check out the list below from a Thesaurus.
- Vigorous Growth
- Exist in Abundance
- Turn out well
- Beyond normal
- Reaching the top
- Flying high
- On top
- Peak experience
- To be alive
- Self actualized
Are you asking yourself, “How do I begin to create a life of thriving?” We will begin to explore Creating Your Beyond next week.
Meanwhile, let me know if you have any roles models from history, the movies or a public figure you think exemplifies a life of what thriving looks likes.