A life of thriving, not surviving

A thousand thanks to the Brazen Careerist Penelope Trunk for her blog love yesterday. And welcome to all you new visitors who might have found your way here through her. I’ve heard from a few of you already (thanks @btwendel, @bloomerbride and Tracey Linkous in particular).

Mindfulness rules.

So what is the power of slow? It really is about mindfulness. It is about moving beyond clock combat to embrace time as friend. Time is indeed all we have.

“I don’t want to survive. I want to live.” -The Captain in Wall-e

Kudos to Samantha Jones for this quote, which I totally lifted off her Facebook page and plopped here.

As Survivor enters its 20th season, I have to ponder the human desire to push the envelope, if you will. We are designed, on some level, to test our limits. Ask any three year-old. He’ll tell you. It’s funny watching Mommy get all purple in the face as I teeter on the edge of the sidewalk into oncoming traffic. Nice one.

If you are reading this, you are most likely in the privileged position of deciding now whether to live or just survive. We have enough food, clothing and shelter to make more than a difference in the world. We have access to the very technology that can change it for the better.

So what does living, and I’m saying rock-the-house-like-there’s-no-tomorrow kind of living, mean to you? Does it mean staying safe within the walls of your comfort zone, or does it mean doing that one thing each day that scares the crap out of you, then leaves you breathless as you realize it wasn’t all that bad?

You are more powerful than you can imagine. What will you do with your power today?


  1. Willow Drinkwater

    February 24, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    A dear friend and former real estate agent of mine passed away this week. I am so glad I saw him in December, and he made me laugh. Today I am going to contact every former member of my real estate office back in the 1990’s and make sure we get together in a tribute to Gary Hanger. It is all about celebrating life, and reading your post says let’s go for it. I have no idea where they all are, but I will find them. We must celebrate a life of someone who made us laugh!

    1. powerofslow

      February 25, 2010 at 2:53 pm

      Carpe Diem! I love your idea!

  2. sam

    February 24, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    would not killing my children apply? sometimes that requires a lot of power! good thoughts- look forward to seeing you soon!
    thanks for the recognition, i feel like a celebrity!

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