Strive or Thrive?

No matter how hard we strive, it will always end up being a waste if we fail to acknowledge the source of our ability to strive. Or to thrive. Wait. What’s the difference?

Striving is to make great efforts to achieve or obtain something. Thriving is to grow or develop well or vigorously. Both are to pursue something vigorously. However, the first word means to struggle or fight forcefully. The second means to prosper or flourish vehemently.

In other words, these two have the same goal but the way the goal is achieved is somewhat different. When we strive for something, it’s like this:

“I want to break free of this bondage. I’m sick and tired of being a jailbird. I want to get out of this prison as soon as possible!” Plans to escape. About to escape. Caught once again.

Thriving is like this:

“I want to break free of this bondage. I’m sick and tired of being a jailbird. I want to get out of this prison as soon as possible!” Humbles down. Finds peace. Released.

In retrospect, things should be thrived. Not strived. When we strive, it will all be about human effort. Human effort which is imperfect, flawed and distorted. Why not surrender it to the source, and thrive. Increase in the source as we decrease in our human effort.

Surrender all. Then, thrive.

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