1. To bring back to life or consciousness; resuscitate.
2. To impart new health, vigor, or spirit to.
3. To restore to use, currency, activity, or notice.
4. To restore the validity or effectiveness of.
5. To renew in the mind; recall.
6. To present (an old play, for example) again.



1. To remain alive or in existence.
2. To carry on despite hardships or trauma; persevere: families that were surviving in tents after the flood.
3. To remain functional or usable: I dropped the radio, but it survived.

1. To live longer than; outlive: She survived her husband by five years.
2. To live, persist, or remain usable through: plants that can survive frosts; a clock that survived a fall.
3. To cope with (a trauma or setback); persevere after: survived child abuse.


1. To make steady progress; prosper.

2. To grow vigorously; flourish: “the wild deer that throve here” (Tom Clancy).
(Definitions from theFreeDictionary.com)


by Teresa I. Becker

I was almost dead.  I wanted to die.  I just couldn’t stop breathing.  So, I came back to life.

Somewhere in the process, I discovered a passion for helping others pry open the lids of their self-made coffins and walk again among the living.  Thus, the title of this blog: Revive, Survive, Thrive.  The dictionary definitions provide a structure for what the bloggers on this site will be writing about.  We will find issues and situations that need a progression from near death to abundant life.

Considering the state of our world right now, I propose another set of definitions:

  • Revive – yourself physically, emotionally, and spiritually from personal slavery.
  • Survive – the age of change by aligning with the minority who choose to prepare instead of panic.
  • Thrive – in a sustainable lifestyle with a strong network of vital relationships.

When someone has stopped breathing, the paramedics try to revive them.  They push air into their lungs, press on their chest to get the heart to pump, and a hundred other actions known to bring a spirit back into a body.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.  I think it depends on if the person wants to come back or not.  Coming back to life is a choice.  Many people look alive, but are dead on the inside.  They choose to walk about like zombies on earth, mostly dead, partly alive.  They have made themselves slaves to their own thought patterns, rituals, and fear.  When you decide to slip back into your body and actively give it another go, that is the essence of revive.

Once you choose to revive yourself, then you must find a way to survive.  Life is hard.  Life is good.  Life is dangerous.  Life is exciting.  People don’t like change, but it is happening all around us.  It doesn’t take a genius to see that our entire way of life (especially in America) is short-lived. We cannot sustain this model of government, economy, healthcare, infrastructure, agriculture, and energy.  Our way of being families is not even the kind that lasts more than about 10 years, if that.  Some people know about this lack of stability and are choosing to prepare for the collapse.  Others are pretending nothing is wrong and ignoring the signs.  It is the latter set that will panic when the unsustainable crumbles.  Therefore, the ones who prepare must also prepare for the unprepared.  We are, after all, in this together.

The only kind of lifestyle that can continue indefinitely is the one that is based on love and friendship.  The current model of interpersonal relationships is one of isolation – we separate ourselves from each other financially, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  We drive our cars directly into the garage rather than walk past our neighbors front porch.  No one sits on that porch anyway.  We connect online but such connections are often two-dimensional.  We may interact with people at work, on the street, or even at home, but never know what is really going on in their lives and in their hearts.  We hide from each other.  Such living causes our souls to whither, our hearts to shrink, and our minds to close.  To thrive in life requires the choice to actively and consistently reach out to the people in our circle of influence.   Why do gangs exist?   The need for connection and purpose.  Why do churches fail?  Shallow relationships based on rules rather than love.  Why is there so much crime, hatred, and fear?  Self and ego has overshadowed compassion and connection.  It doesn’t need to be like this.

I seek Utopia.  I want heaven on earth.  I want to revive, survive, and thrive.  I want to be with others who want that, too.  Is that you?  Come say, “Hi.”  Tell me who you are and I will love you forever.  If I don’t, I’ll die.  Let’s all choose to live.

Enjoy the blog.


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