Don’t survive, thrive!
Thriving is what we all want to do, so why don’t we focus our efforts on that instead of just surviving?
If you were thriving what would that feel like? How would thriving look?
When I think of thriving I find myself smiling. My mood is happy and full of energy. Things come to me easily and I can write this blog with ease. Even after the long winter and current hay fever season. I find it easy to do things. Several projects are in the works. I reach out to others readily and with excitement.
I no longer depend upon my wife to shop for me. I for weeks needed to
Shop for many things but found it so easy to put them off or forget them all together. Now feel free and go with ease and confidence. When I need help I ask for it. I usually get it with a smile and am grateful for all the help I get.
What can you do to Thrive, instead of Just Survive?
First thing I did was to realize that I had been struggling. February is usually my Low Month. It certainly was this year. I had let the cold weather that started in December get to me. I stayed in a lot and felt sad. Now I am forcing myself to get out and be with others.
Second thing I did was act. Once I was aware of my low mood, I took action. I made it a point to be in contact with others. Two people with whom I Skype and I have started planning for a project. I have also gotten out to some meetings.
Thirdly, I let myself be accountable. By working together with other people I made myself accountable to them. I agreed to find the technology so we could do this online project. After several attempts, I now am able to do, record and edit interviews. They will be podcasted shortly
Fourth, I believed that things would get better. Summer comes even to the frozen Midwest, and we could do this project.
Fifth, I found ways to laugh. I am often quick to see a pun. On a recent Sunday, Our Choir director put out some cards with some jokes on them. I could not help coming up with others.
Question: What is the difference between a Musician and Lock Smith?
Answer: their keys.
Question: where do musicians sit?
Answer: in musical chairs.
6. I allowed myself to dream m. I now aspire to do things. Recently I found a course to teach me how to blog on other sites. I am doing interviews for podcasts. They will appear in two forums, one for the blind community, and the other as stories of how disability changed people for the better. I will say more about that in the future.
This, my friends is the ABLE Coaching model (aspire, Believe, Laugh and love life, enjoy the journey). I will write more about ABLE Coaching in future blogs.
As All Ways, Seek Joy,
Coach Dr. Dave
Author of the forthcoming book, “Recipes for Lemonade (Thriving thru Disability): Dr. Dave’s personal recipe”
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