Oct 19 2011

Time To Thrive

Tell me a story about how you have embraced the crazy and moved on from Surviving to Thriving.  Like this one from Andrea: 

“My kids were too quiet at my moms one day. keep in mind my mom is THE biggest neat freak. by the time i got out of the bathroom to check on them, they had gotten into the kitchen cabinet, opened ketchup, squeezed it ALL over themselves, the living room furniture and the cream color carpet. it was extremely frightening at first but before you can even finish getting the sigh of relief out, you begin to panic again as your mind races trying to figure out how to clean it up and WHERE DO YOU BEGIN? you better believe i never thought the day would come that i would find this funny. mom passed away unexpectedly last year at 59. she NEVER knew about the incident. you could say she taught me a thing or 2 about getting impossible stains out of things.”

Maybe you’ve felt that you’re in “Survival Mode."  That your life lately looks like a series of events that you have to “get through” and just survive until you move on to the next event that you have to struggle to get through again. 

I’m sick of that!  I want to move from Surviving to Thriving.  Embrace the Crazy.

It hit me yesterday at Target of all places.  Why does it seem like my lowest moments are at stores?  It’s because I have 3 kids under 5 with me in a giant cart that you can’t turn.

Before we shopped I stopped at the little Target Café to feed the restless natives, 3 timeouts later we’re sitting down eating our food, and this sweet grandmother type lady eating dinner by herself looks at me.    

She smiled and said, “I wish my kids were still that young.”  Made me realize that even though life feels crazy I should embrace the crazy now while I have it, before I’m sitting at a quiet dinner table alone. 

I don’t know about you, but I want to move from Surviving, to Thriving.

Life should be a source of experience to be lived up to, not survived through.  

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10/19/2011 10:34:27 AM
Gina United States
Gina
I've spent may years "surviving" but now I'm "thriving"
I Was living in the depths of anorexia, OCD, and depression. For 8 years it took all of my strength to get out of bed and go to school or work or therapy...and those were the only places I went.
I moved into THRIVING when I got HONEST with myself and with my therapist and faced the things that had happened to me which caused my need to control my body and environment through unhealthy means.
Now, I'm working through my past, giving myself grace, and living a healthy life. I'm finally experiencing that freedom in Christ that I've longed for all those years.
10/19/2011 12:15:42 PM
Cassie E. United States
Cassie E.
I am a wife and a mother to two young children.  We were recently at a point in our marriage where I didn't know if we were going to make it. Our finances and mounding debts were starting to drown us.  I was growing in my relationship with God, but away from my husband.  I felt so alone and didn't know what to do.  But, as I cried out to God He began to move swiftly and He showed me how blessed I am.  Now, even though we are still fighting our finances, He is providing and we are digging our way out.  We are still not equal in our beliefs but God is opening our hearts and though things are not "perfect" He has shown me how blessed I am.  The simple thing that I changed in my daily life that has moved me from Surviving to Thriving is "thanks".  I try everyday to thank God for what He has blessed me with.  I am thankful today for a full tank of gas, a car that gets me to work, for work, for a positive school environment for my children, for a modest home to come to that is warm, dry and safe.  I am so blessed!  Thank you God!  
10/20/2011 5:53:10 AM
Lisa United States
Lisa
Amanda,

I was excited when you joined the klove team, and now I can't wait to listen to you daily.  Like you, I'm a single mother of young kids.  I can really relate to you, and draw a lot of inspiration from you.  It's really really hard to have very young kids, and be completely alone doing the mother and father role with no help or support.  Thank you so much for blessing us with your voice and kindness.

Lisa
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