August 22     

Today's quotation:

Enthusiasm is the thing which makes the world go round.  Without its driving power, nothing worth doing has ever been done.  Love, friendship, religion, altruism, devotion to career or hobby— all these, and most of the other good things of life, are forms of enthusiasm.

Robert H. Schauffler

Today's Meditation:

I try to bring enthusiasm to all that I do, but if I could I would change the ways that people define the word.  To look at me, you probably wouldn't think that I was being enthusiastic at all, but that's simply because I don't generally show it much.  In our society we tend to associate enthusiasm with a show of positive emotion, with people who are outgoing and letting others know that they're enthusiastic.  But you can be enthusiastic in your own way, and that may not include any of the traits that others are looking for.

When I'm enthusiastic I try to do the best that I can at whatever I'm doing, and I try to enjoy it as much as I can.  If I'm going to work, I try to bring enthusiasm with me so that I can do my work well.  When I meet other people, I really do like to get to know them, but since I'm not an outgoing sort of person, I think that sometimes others feel that I'm somewhat disinterested.  I like the fact that Robert points out that other things that we value, like friendship, are "forms of enthusiasm."  To me that rings very true.

If we don't bring enthusiasm to the lives that we're living, we risk getting bored, watching everything reduce itself to tedium.  With enthusiasm, though, we can see the world through eyes that truly want to be seeing what they're seeing, and that are learning more and more with each passing hour and day.  When I do have to do something I don't necessarily like (like going to meetings, for example), I try to bring enthusiasm to the table so that I and anyone else involved may get more out of it.

Being enthusiastic or not-- like so many other things-- is a matter of choice, isn't it?  When we do choose to be enthusiastic, we're giving ourselves a chance to benefit from whatever it is we're doing-- and we're adding something positive to the experiences of anyone else involved.

Questions to consider:

Why is it so difficult sometimes to view certain things with enthusiasm?

What are some of the benefits of doing things with enthusiasm?

How can we develop enthusiasm for situations that we may not be so thrilled about?

For further thought:

No person who is enthusiastic about his or her work has anything to fear from life.  All the opportunities in the world are waiting to be grasped by people who are in love with what they're doing.

Sam Goldwyn

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