Replacing banality with vitality
What can you do to increase your vitality? Engage. And engage again. Get out from behind the screen and get involved with a group or an organization, whether it’s a book club or a group of fervent mountaineers. Quit saying nothing ever changes and go out there and change it. Take risks.
The more you get involved, the more you will recognize that your contributions are vital to the success of the group. As you see your group grow you will realize how it serves the community, further increasing vitality.
It won’t always be easy, but it will always be worth it. And although sometimes your efforts will falter, your output of energy will never be in vain.
As F. Scott Fitzgerald so neatly summarized, “Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.”
So it seems vitality is one of those things that is open to interpretation. One of my favourite local writers, Cindy Filipenko, offered this take, along with an invitation: