Years ago I was asked to give a presentation in Chicago at a conference. The title they requested was: "Coping with Vision Loss." As I began my presentation and started to share 'tips' on coping with vision loss, an elderly woman stood up and said - I don't see why we need to just cope - why can't we thrive! I absolutely loved her enthusiasm and determination. I told her, I totally agree. My presentation shifted to Thriving with Vision Loss. A simple word change gave it a different energy! Coping feels like getting by - making it. Sometimes in life we are in a place of coping. There are those temporary times. However, I recognized her wisdom in transitioning to thriving as soon as we can! Thriving is living! Thriving is flourishing, growing vigorously, progressing towards a goal despite or because of circumstances.
Whenever I hear the word cope, my mind often goes back to that sweet moment where I was reminded to THRIVE!
“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.”
― Khalil Gibran