Survival means we’re trying to get by. Or it could mean what’s happening now is only serving a seemingly more important goal. Either way, we’ve accepted some reality as a given and we’re dealing with it as best we can. There’s something we can’t change. We’ve created ourselves around something else. But we can do better. We want to do better. We want to THRIVE. We want to be the best we can be and we want to be happy doing it. Why should we be satisfied with who we are until now? When it comes to others we may need to accept something as a given, as a reality to wrap ourselves around. But when it comes to ourselves, we need to demand more. We can’t just survive and get by. We need to thrive, and that means taking a look into ourselves and recognizing what it is we really want to accomplish. And when we bring out the best in ourselves then we’re happy, because real happiness is when we’re doing what we’re meant to be doing. That’s a message to carry us into a new year.