Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant. Maya Angelou
Anyone who has run a marathon, who has survived the grueling 26.2 miles, ends their race with the battle-weary knowledge that they’ve won. Runners who finish their race thrive on that knowledge; it exhilarates them. They don’t just survive those 26.2 miles, their life is forever changed with the knowledge of the finish. A few of those runners even do it on prosthetic legs! The race, the win – they don’t just survive, they thrive.
In part, it’s pure attitude. To accept the audacious challenge of running that long a distance seems an impossible feat. Yet many do it. To take on such an undertaking results not just in the finish of a race but in the strengthening of inner will.
We are all racers in various forms – some in earning enough income, some in battling a disease, still others in making a good home for their family. To provide an income, to survive a disease, to see a child awarded a diploma – we can thrive by doing our finest with every challenge placed in our path of life. We can choose to thrive.