46 CHOICES | 2017 AUTUMN ISSUE
ow that I’m halfway through my thirties, my working definition of “prosperity” has taken a drastic shift. While I used to think prosperity was the exact definition Webster gave us: “wealth, affluence, milk, and honey,” I’ve come to see it as more than the one-liner we expect. “Prosperity” isn’t limited to the size of one’s bank account; rather it is an individual’s decision to live a purposeful life. Let me explain: Purpose: As anyone who’s lived long enough knows, there are seasons of life that ebb and flow, and there are others where the waters are unsteady or even unkind. While this year has reaped definite blessings for us,—a long awaited trip with our kids to Disneyland, the publication of my first book, a move to a friend-
A BROADER DEFINITION BY ALISA WEIS ly neighborhood-we already know 2017 won’t go down as our easiest year. In these last months, we’ve also endured a job loss, a recent miscarriage, and uncertainty about our next steps. Though some seasons contain enduring joy, my guess is that many of your lives look like this too: you’re watching the light show at Disneyland one moment and you’re in a hospital bed having to accept unhappy news the next. What I’m coming to realize through life’s trials, other than the fact they require a lot of grit, is that a person can maintain
his/her prosperous mindset no matter the season. If you remember that you’re here for a God given purpose, life’s currents won’t sweep you over quite as easily. You don’t have to love the hardships you’re facing to maintain a prosperous mindset. Admitting that something is painful and hard is often healthy: the acknowledgement leads you to people who have walked your road and to books that nourish and guide you (“Rising Strong” by Brene Brown and “Unsinkable Faith” by Tracie Miles are two that come to mind). There are days that
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