Strive to Thrive

The strong find a way to survive…and THRIVE!

Billey Cox

This photo was captured by my husband on our recent visit to the Howrah natural bridge in Neill Island. Still I could feel the sea breeze, salty-humid air, tickling touch of fishes, splashing waves on my feet, small scratches by the coral rocks. With warm people, tangy snacks, attractive pearls & corals, it is a great place to be.

Picture speaks thousand words! Look at the picture, what are your thoughts on it?

Observe the green plant and see how it is thriving. The plant is standing on a coral rock and surrounded by the ocean. Though it has a unlimited source of water around, it can not survive with such saline water. No compost, no generous supply of mud or fresh water, additionally it has to face the direct sunlight. In-spite of all these adversities, this plant is thriving and adding charm to this picturesque view.

What about the unwavering lively waves? They are never tired of splashing water and oozing life. Days and nights, months and years, they continue to hit the shores. Magnitude of the waves may vary in size depending on the magnetic pull from Sun or Moon, or the friction between the air and water. However, waves are full of energy and look are more livelier than us at any time. They seemed to gain energy after hitting the stones. Looking at those energetic waves do fill us with the zeal towards life. Are these waves teaching us the lesson on persistence and to maintain the vigor, irrespective of the obstacles?

What do you think about the coral rock that is standing bravely against tides & waves, rain, wind & sunlight? What message we can get from that rock? To stay strong and hold ourselves confidently against any waves of difficulties? Should we appreciate the generosity of the rock that is hosting the plants and sea creatures or the way it is protecting the plant and sea animals from the never-ending waves?

Is the twilight giving us the clue about upcoming stars in the sky or bidding adieu to the sun for the day? Or is it closing the curtains for the harsh sunlight and welcoming the cool ocean breeze? Maybe it is cajoling the plant, coral rock and the ocean waves to continue to thrive, not to give-up and to bounce back!

Though the rock, the plant, waves and twilight have different stories and challenges on their own, they make a pretty picture for us. Each of them shower us with the serenity to enjoy and allow us to carry the memories to cherish.

Are we thriving by making use of our opportunities or looking around for the adversities to blame and complain? How do we live? Is being alive is enough or do we need to strive to thrive?

This picture may trigger many more thoughts. Though all are appropriate, my favorite take away is to Thrive, which I got from the plant. Which of the lesson you like to take from this picture and implement?

—Anitha KC

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