Approach Life With A Surplus Of Authentic Enthusiasm

“The worst bankrupt in the world is the person who has lost his or her enthusiasm.” ~ H.W. Arnold … 

When most of us think of poverty we generally think of someone who does not have the financial means necessary to fulfill their basic needs. And although this is one of the more visible forms of poverty, there are many more that can equally bankrupt us: spiritual poverty, relational poverty, physical poverty, intellectual poverty, and the kind spoke of here… emotional poverty. When one has lost his or her enthusiasm for life, they often lose their way in life. For some, those times may be periods of great length, for when sadness, grief, and depression set in, they are very difficult to overcome. In these times, when enthusiasm seems to be almost a luxury item, there does not seem to be any point to things–they just seem to always go wrong no matter what efforts we make. <!–more–> 

In those times of great difficulty in our lives, when enthusiasm is rarely a guest in our homes and there does not seem to be any point to the things of this world going on all around us, it is important that we surround ourselves with those who can keep us focused on what is truly important in our lives. After all, our lack of enthusiasm often produces more negativity and tends to perpetuate more lack of enthusiasm, more unhappiness, grief, and misery.

As I go about my duties at work, I often notice individuals who approach their jobs and tasks with almost no enthusiasm at all. Not only do they accomplish very little, but the negative feelings of hopelessness that they foster spreads to those who work around them–they create a very depressing environment. On the other hand, I also see individuals that approach their jobs with enthusiasm, and I notice that they actually accomplish much more than is expected of them. They spread enthusiasm to those around them and create an environment of success–their enthusiasm fosters new enthusiasm for new ideas and projects as well as inspires optimism and joy.

The world gives back to us what we give to it. If we bring enthusiasm, guess what… that is what comes back to us. And although at times in our lives we sometimes think that the world takes away our enthusiasm, our hopes, and our dreams, it is really us who have let it slip away. Likewise, it is up to us to reclaim it. For enthusiasm leads to great achievement with high quality–it is both the cause and product of our attitude towards whatever we are doing. And without it… we will always be doomed to a life of mediocrity.

Approach life with a surplus of authentic enthusiasm.

Questions to consider:

What does the word “enthusiasm” mean to you? Do you spend any time trying to foster it in your life?

What are some of the causes of diminishing enthusiasm? Why do we allow other people and occurrences to cause us to let our enthusiasm slide away?

What are some activities for which you show great enthusiasm? How can you transfer that enthusiasm to other activities? What might be the results of doing so?

For further thought:

“Every memorable act in the history of the world is a triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it because it gives any challenge or any occupation, no matter how frightening or difficult, a new meaning. Without enthusiasm you are doomed to a life of mediocrity but with it you can accomplish miracles.” ~ Og Mandino

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