Community sets us up to thrive, not just survive.
To thrive means to grow vigorously. My wife and I started a strawberry garden this year with our kids. I am trying to teach my kids some of the things about life I learned from growing up with a garden. I love that I grew up working in a garden with my grandparents. I have so many great memories of growing tomatoes, carrots, pumpkins, rhubarb, and catnip. It was fun to go check on the progress and to pick from the garden. For plants to grow, there are some things you have got to get right. If you don’t, the plants won’t grow. You need good soil, sunlight, water, and time. We have to take great care with each of these variables to set the plants up to thrive. The same is true with us. For us to grow and thrive, there are some elements we need in our lives.
One of my favorite books is called “Seven Habits of Highly Effective Leaders” by Steven Covey. He has a chapter called Sharpening the Saw. For us to thrive as humans, there are four areas we need to grow in on a daily basis. These areas are: physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual. These are four areas you need to be aware of and you need to work to grow in each day. You can absolutely do this on your own without ever even telling someone you are working on these areas. But if you do tell someone else or invite someone to join you on trying to improve, you will grow exponentially.
When you have a community of people who surround you and want to see you grow you will thrive. How are you doing in these four areas? What are some things you can do to grow? Who can you tell so they can help you grow? You need people in your life to help you live your life to the fullest. You need people in your life who set you up to thrive!