I am interested in growth and balance. Do you survive, live or thrive? It seems that at some times in our lives we are doing little more than surviving. Bogged down by stress, difficulties, lack of support or ill health - we need to recognise that we are struggling, look around and find suitable help for ourselves and our family.
Or we are at a stage when we have the basics sorted. We have enough resources / are healthy enough so that we are not worried all the time about the very basics of life (nutritious food, paying the bills, our relationships etc). We have healthy routines going - our lives feel in balance. Are there long-standing health or emotional issues that we could now look at resolving? Goals we had put on the 'back burner'?
Then we need to consider what we would be doing if we were actively thriving. This is likely to be different depending on our age or stage we're at in our lives. Perfecting a skill, living at our full creative potential, supporting others in our family, sharing skills and knowledge, donating time or money, becoming a mentor? Of course we may be thriving in one area of life and feel like we are 'falling apart' in another. No one is perfect - but the need for balance applies in all areas of life.
The founder of homeopathy Samuel Hahnemann had a motto: Aude Sapere - 'dare to be wise', or 'dare to know'. I am inspired by this philosophy. I think that it is important to reflect on our lives and how we are living - and to take steps to keep growing and learning.