Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Life with passion

Last week I blogged about Maya Angelou, who recently died. Quite by coincidence, my desktop calendar included a quote by her when I turned over its pages last weekend. Another good one, I might add. Another tidbit of wisdom from a woman who left us a rich legacy.

"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," Angelou is quoted as saying.

Aren't those great components for life? Passion? Oh, yes, it's just a joy to observe those who live life at full-tilt. It's even better to do so ourselves.

Compassion? Yes, this really is an important part of life. It's not just compassion for others, as important as that is, but it includes self-compassion as well. You and I all thrive when we're treated with compassion.

Humor? I've always said that I especially need two things to get through life: my faith and my sense of humor. Both seem pretty important to me, and I was blessed that my family passed both of those on to me.

And style—it takes some of us a while to feel comfortable enough in our own skin to develop a style that fits. How good it feels when we finally do, though.

Decide today to do more than survive. It's time to jump in with both feet—and thrive.

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