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Failure to Thrive

You cannot get sick enough to help sick people get better.
You cannot get poor enough to help poor people thrive.
It is only in your thriving that you have anything to offer anyone.

~ Abraham Hicks

Do you think that sometimes (or oftentimes) we hold ourselves back because of others around us?  Is it ok to be happy when our children aren’t?  Is it ok to prosper beyond our parents — or siblings? 

Or is it because of a preconceived idea that we have unconsciously bought into that we are disadvantaged because of race; sex; financial status; education; disability or sexual orientation?  Even if those around us say we should be disadvantaged, is this really our truth?  Could it possibly be an excuse?  That subconscious stuff is tricky.  We don’t even realize that it is something we believe and not what is actual reality. 
We cannot lack enough to help others flourish.  Taking it even one step further – if we persist in the quest to be a happy, healthy, thriving person (even if we’re not perfect), those around us may pick up that energy and become more so themselves.

We have a choice to thrive beyond our current circumstances.  It may be a step-by-step process.  First step – developing consciousness which can be done with meditation, of course.  Still not ready to go there?  Then simply question everything.  Why do we believe what we do?  Where did it come from and is it still valid in our life?  The next step, is that we need to give ourselves permission for change and to go beyond what the influences outside ourselves dictate.  

From experience, I will say that once you have true consciousness about something, it will be hard for you to continue to accept the status quo.  You surely can, but it won’t make you happy…  And then you have no one to blame, but yourself.

Is it ok to be thriving when those around us haven’t quite accomplished it?  We need to recognize that if they lash out at us for any of our successes, it is coming from their own discontent with their life and has nothing to do with us.  Those around us who are inspired by our successes will celebrate.   

This is a challenge.  If we can’t justify change for our own self – then we do so as an inspiration for others.  Either way, we win (yay us!!).