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Do Things That Make You Thrive

A friend recently showed me that I could borrow audiobooks from the local library, so I have been on an audiobook kick.

The latest book I finished was Oprah’s “What I Know For Sure”. In it, you’d find the typical Oprah feel-goodisms and wealth of quotable lines, but one passage in particular resonated with me. In one of the stories about her struggles with dieting, her trainer gave her a piece of advice that stuck with her: Eat foods that make you thrive.

I like this line not because of any relationship I have with food, but that it can be generalized and applied to life: Do things that make you thrive.

Whenever I’m considering eating something I know is unhealthy or will make me feel bad later, either physically or mentally, I try to find an alternative that can satisfy what I want (usually something sweet) but is still relatively good for me. This can be applied to finances, social activities, career choices, etc. My problem, however, is being too cautious with everything. Perhaps the “thrive” part is the missing benchmark against which I can use to take worthwhile risks.

What Am I Doing? (August 2010)

It’s more or less the second half of summer, and I can say that I’ve done a couple things that I’ve wanted to do.


One thing I could check off the list of things I want to do in my life is learning surfing. I’m certainly not done learning, but at least I’ve started.

Amplified by the fact that I haven’t exercised in a long time, learning surfing is almost nearly a painful experience. My body ached and cramped, and I was sore for the next few days. But I loved it. I just needed to start swimming again to build some strength before going back out there.


I don’t know what else to say other than that I’ve been doing a lot of working. I sort of realized this when I took occasional, unplanned breaks and noticed what I’m not doing. I also notice that creativity and new ideas rarely come from doing the same thing day in and day out.

At the same time, too much entropy gets me nervous. It’s a never-ending goal in finding the balance for me.