Striving, Surviving and Thriving

lion-1840092_960_720Watching videos of animals interacting is very interesting. Their actions are usually centered on survival. Lions are dubbed ‘King of the jungle’ and that is probably based on their attitude. When humans display a lion’s attitude, they can be labeled as arrogant or aggressive. Humans do not have to be arrogant, aggressive or attitudinal to survive or thrive. Learn more about attitude by reading the 6-A Model of Alcohol Abuse in Offenders.

As I watched the above-mentioned video, it inspired me to write about the similarities between people and animals trying to survive in their natural habitat. The biggest difference is that humans are equipped with brains that can engage in complex and advanced reasoning. We also have more choices and the intellect to weigh the pros and cons or advantages and disadvantages of those choices.

Recognizing Dangers

Both humans and animals must recognize dangers that could harm them. Having a nourished mind and body that is sober can help a person be more mindful in recognizing people, places and things that are hazardous. The lion was weak and starving (thin body), so he focused on surviving and ignored the dangers. If the lion could talk, he probably would have said, “I will eat today or die trying.”

Support System

Humans and animals need to surround themselves with a good support system. If the lion had the support of other lions, his chance of survival would have increased. The buffalo’s support system helped it survive the lion’s desperate attack. Friends, family, church members, neighbors, co-workers, and sometimes strangers can offer the support you need to survive a difficult situation. A support system can also help you avoid getting into tough situations.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Knowing your strengths and weaknesses can help you thrive. It is important to recognize (and possibly avoid) circumstances that will expose your weaknesses. If possible, attempt to place yourself in situations that will emphasize your strengths.

The lion was physically weak, but his ego convinced him that he was strong. Humans have the intellect to determine if they are strong enough to handle certain situations. Sometimes a person’s ego may prevent them from accepting their limitations.

The elements of survival in this video can be used as inspiring lessons. Here are 10 quotes I created to describe lessons I observed from watching the lion’s behaviors.

  1. Consider your strengths and weaknesses before you begin.

  2. Be aware of your environment and how it can help or hinder you.

  3. Don’t accept defeat easily or think of weaknesses as failures. 

  4. Develop the will to thrive rather than just survive.

  5. Be relentless and keep trying different approaches. 

  6. Be willing to reconsider your objectives and set new goals.

  7. Recognize and minimize risks that could interfere with your goals.

  8. Acknowledge when you need help and ask for it.

  9. Be prepared to walk away today so you can try again tomorrow.

  10. Persevere and remain optimistic that you will eventually thrive.


  1. Are you striving to survive or to thrive in life?
  2. Have you ever been so desperate to survive that you suffered loss and achieved no gain?
  3. When you fall, do you get up and try again?


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