4 Keys to Thrive

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My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou sets the bar high in this quote. Don’t just survive in this life. Thrive.

And do it with passion, compassion, humor and style. Give us a break Maya!

Did you share that reaction with me? I confess. That was my first thought.

Then I got to thinking. No. She is giving us four keys to thriving.

First, live with passion. What does that mean to you?

Passion is a strong and barely controllable emotion. It is an intense emotion, a captivating enthusiasm or burning desire.

When you think about it living without passion is just surviving isn’t it.

Next, compassion. Compassion is sympathy, empathy, care and concern, sensitivity and warmth, tenderness and tolerance, charity and mercy. That combination leaves no room for just thriving. The individual who lives with compassion will survive.

How about humor? It is a mindset of not seeing the worst but the funny twists in misfortune. It is the ability to laugh with others at yourself. Humor sets free endorphins in your body. Endorphins will make you feel that you are thriving.

Finally, style. Style is a mind set.

Meg and Jo in Little Women had to wear gloves to a social event but Jo’s gloves were stained. They both wore one good glove and carried a stained one. They had a style that did not keep them from thriving during Civil War hardships.

Scarlet Ohara in the post Civil War South made do with a mindset of style. She made a new dress with old drapes and gave Carol Burnett material for one of her funniest skits. Style is a mind set and it uses what you have, not what you don’t.

If you have a mindset of style you will thrive.

Passion, compassion, humor and style. Thrive!

Thank you Maya Angelou.


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