A few weeks before Arianna Huffington’s new book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, came out, I had the chance to read a copy. I’ve long loved her writings, and have made it a goal of sorts to read most of her varied backlist of books. As as result, I expect good things from her books, and opening up Thrive was no exception.
By the time I closed it — a day later — I was blown away.
Here’s the thing: I love working hard and succeeding professionally. But what I love more, and what I want to cultivate in my own life, is the balance of being successful in work and being successful in life. Because, they are often two different things.
Huffington’s new book, Thrive, is a call to action to do just that.
It’s not the first time that she’s called people to take up such arms. Take her famous TED talk, which reminds us all to sleep our way to the top. (No, not like that.) Or, as I’ve mentioned before, the Oasis centers she set up at the 2012 Republican and Democratic National conventions, which were pretty much the coolest thing since sliced bread. A space where journalists, media execs, and tech folks could congregate to eat healthily, enjoy yoga and massages, and peruse amazing books on the mind-body connection while soothing music played in the background? Sign me up, I said! And I did — spending time at the Oasis centers at both the Democratic and Republican conventions that year.
Overwhelmingly, Huffington is passionate about work-life balance. So passionate, that she knows how outdated that term is, making sure that she encourages readers in Thrive to take the concept of balance to the next level by teaching us the importance of prioritizing our lives in the areas of well-being, wisdom, wonder and giving in order to truly thrive.
Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, embodies the spirit of her teachings: that we all have a great life to live, and it’s up to us to find it.
For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin — real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.
—Fr. Alfred D’Souza