If you see me on the sidewalk on any given day, no matter how good or bad, and then ask me the casual, “How’re you?” oftentimes I’ll respond with “thriving, living my best life” and then you’ll laugh and continue on your way. I could be having the worst day of my life and I’ll probably still tell you I’m thriving. Now, you might be thinking “Wow, she’s fake,” but I tell you I’m thriving because that’s what I’m telling myself. For me, perception is reality. Taking each day one step at a time and rolling with the punches helps me to not get worked up over things or stress about what I have to accomplish next.
So, so many people my age struggle with anxiety, and for me, looking forward into the future and telling myself to “thrive on” even when I don’t feel like it, helps me to realize that this low point in my life isn’t going to last forever. There’s always a light at the end of the tunnel and if you can’t see that light in what you’re going through, know that even the stars can’t always be seen by the naked eye on any given night. Sometimes there are clouds blocking your view; sometimes the city lights drown out the brightness of the stars; and sometimes, your eyes are just closed. But guess what? The stars are still there just like that light at the end of the tunnel is always there!!! Can it always get worse? Yeah, probably but it can also always get better! Maybe it’s the optimist in me talking, but I think having a positive attitude and knowing that whatever the circumstances, you can always choose to thrive on, is what can actually help you to live your best life.
In the book of Proverbs in the Old Testament, Solomon, the wisest man to ever live, declares in chapter 12 verse 25, “Anxiety in a man’s heart weights it down, but a good word cheers it up,” and I don’t think I’ve ever read anything so true. Anxiety doesn’t just weigh down your mind, but it weighs down your heart and keeps you from feeling the raw, real emotions of life, including joy and jubilee. BUT “a good word cheers it up.” Feeling your phone vibrate and looking down to see that “good morning! hope you have a great day :)” text from one of your friends can help you carry yourself a little taller and change your perspective on what the day’s going to be like. Know that sending that text yourself could help make someone’s morning just a little bit better. At the very least, they’re going to know that you were thinking of them.
Regardless of how you feel about the Bible, you know that’s true. People’s positivity and their ability to lift us up in our darkest hours is astounding. While maybe not everyday am I thriving, living my best life, I’m sure going to try. Paul says in Philippians 1:21 that “to live is Christ and to die is gain,” so while I’m out here just livin’ and having a good ole time I might as well do it for my Savior who gave His all so that I’m even able to come up with a dumb hashtag like #thriveon. Moral of the story, if you can’t see the stars, know that they’re still there, shining away, waiting for the clouds to move and for you to open your eyes so you can see them. So thrive on.