Words of Wisdom 021: On the path to flourishing

The path to flourishing in five lines. One of these is where many fall short.

1. Discover a meaningful vision for your life.

2. Sacrifice to grow in the virtues that will get you there.

3. Deepen your presence.

4. Practice mastery. Do the fundamentals

5. Serve a community.

It's not easy, but it's simple.


"Despite the crumbling of traditions, life holds a meaning for each and every individual, and even more, it retains this meaning literally to his last breath...even the tragic and negative aspects of life, such as unavoidable suffering, can be turned into a human achievement by the attitude which a man adopts toward his predicament."

Viktor E. Frankl, The Will to Meaning: Foundations and Applications of Logotherapy

"Happiness, flow, meaning, love, gratitude, accomplishment, growth, better relationships—constitutes human flourishing. Learning that you can have more of these things is life changing. Glimpsing the vision of a flourishing human future is life changing."

Martin E.P. Seligman. Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being


How are you flourishing?

What part of the path to flourishing do you need to focus on in this season?


There are common responses to reflecting on flourishing. You could compare yourself to someone else that's struggling to feel better about yourself. You could focus on the things that are beyond your control. You could be envious of someone you think has more than you. You could beat yourself up about not being further along. You could confuse accomplishments or achievements with flourishing.

Focus on taking responsibility for your own life and what changes you can make. Then take the next step forward.

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Live Wisely,


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