1: to grow vigorously: flourish
2: to gain in wealth or possessions: prosper
3: to progress toward or realize a goal despite or because of circumstances — often with on
Thrive (v.): c. 1200, from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse prifask “to thrive,” originally “grasp to oneself,” probably reflexive of prifa “to clutch, grasp, grip, take hold of” (compare Norwegian trivia “to seize,” Swedish trifles, Danish drives “to thrive, flourish”), of unknown origin.
“We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in.”
Ariana Huffington (b. 1950, Greek American author, syndicated columnist, actress, and businesswoman, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, which is now owned by AOL; also wrote “Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder”)
“Listen for the call of your destiny, and when it comes, release yours plans and follow.”
Mollie Marti (researcher, author, and author, who has a mission to: “ignite resilient leaders to thrive and serve”)
“Sometimes you need a little crisis to get your adrenaline flowing and help you realize your potential.”
Jeannette Walls (b. 1960, American writer, journalist, former gossip columnist for MSNBC, and best known for her memoir, “The Glass Castle,” a New York Times bestseller for more than six years)
“Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of resilience is to thrive.”
Jamais Cascio (b. 1966, San Francisco Bay area-based author and futurist)
“Thriving. That’s fighting… Surviving is barely getting by.”
Jillian Michaels (b. 1974, health and wellness expert, entrepreneur, best-selling author and television personality)
“... it is possible to heal. It is even possible to thrive. Thriving means more than just an alleviation of symptoms, more than Band-Aids, more than functioning adequately. Thriving means enjoying a feeling of wholeness, satisfaction in your life and work, genuine love and trust in your relationships, pleasure in your body.”
Ellen Bass (award-winning poet, educator, and co-author of “The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse”)
“A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them.”
Liberty Hyde Bailey (1858-1954, American horticulturist, botanist, and cofounder of the American Society of Horticultural Science)
“… it is possible to heal. It is even possible to thrive. Thriving means more than just an alleviation of symptoms, more than Band-Aids, more than functioning adequately. Thriving means enjoying a feeling of wholeness, satisfaction in your life and work, genuine love and trust in your relationships, pleasure in your body.” — Ellen Bass
The end of the year is a fascinating time for most of us. During this holiday season we are reminded of life’s fragility, the fullness of our lives, and the work we need to do in loving and understanding each other. This may be one of our most challenging years thus far in this new millennium. Some astrologers have noted that it is the year of 9, one that pointed us our divine life purpose.
However challenging and overwhelming, we must take the time to pause and step back and be grateful for all that has occurred this year. We must appreciate that we have friends and support systems that continue to push us to a higher level of honesty, strength and authenticity, and towards deeper capacities to channel God’s Love and Grace. Collectively, our cups runneth over!
These holiday season bring us closer together, and it matters NOT what holiday celebration. Did you know that Christmas and Hanukkah fall on the same Sunday this year, which gives us ample opportunities to radiate more light collectively into the world .
This end-of-year season provides prisms to spectra of wonders and magi, those that have been ingrained in our souls since we were children.
Have a very peaceful, loving, hopeful, and gift-giving Holiday Season, sojourners! May your New Year begin in Joy and may you thrive, always!
Written with Love, Tonya