Today is Wednesday, which means it’s time for the Inspirational word of the day.
Enthusiasm (noun) : lively interest
Dale Carnegie recognized enthusiasm as the key to success, happiness and personal growth.
He wrote “Today is life, make the most of today. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you.” In his booklet “The Little Recognized Secret of Success”, Franklin C. Ashby, vice president of instruction for Dale Carnegie writes, “Enthusiasm for life initiates within us the power to change our lives. Focus on the present to nourish that power. Enthusiasm for life facilitates our ability to release regrets about the past and worries concerning the future. We can’t change the past. We can influence future outcomes with a positive, enthusiastic approach to the opportunities of the present.”
That’s really powerful stuff. Just simple solid advice that stands the tests of time. I wonder why Dale Carnegie isn’t taught in school? I guess that’s something to think about and look into.
Gretchen Rubin has become convinced of the importance of enthusiasm to happiness while researching happiness through her blog and her new book The Happiness Project. Feel free to click the link and pick one up. (In the interest of full disclosure, if you buy thru this link I get a little something. Just sayin’ )
She wrote “Enthusiasm is energetic, positive, generous and social. It’s outward-turning and engaged. It’s kind of goofy………Enthusiasm is a form of social courage; it’s safer to criticize and scoff than to praise and embrace.
Although she admits she is not generally a very enthusiastic person, since doing this project she now realizes that “I draw energy and cheer from the joyous ones, from the enthusiastic ones and I need to encourage and join them, not drag them down.”
It’s my wish for you, my dear blog reader, that you can dig out your enthusiasm from underneath the challenges of your day. Praise and embrace yourself, your family and your friends. You deserve your own inspiration.
“Well being is attained by little and little, and nevertheless is no little thing itself.” Zeno of Citium
Speaking of well-being…
Jennifer Louden has brought together some wonderful teachers and healers for her Virtual Retreat. Like Patti Digh’s session Step into Magic: Reclaiming the extraordinary in each gracefully simple, amazingly mundane, and fantastically ordinary day. As well as Gail Goodwin’s session called Embracing Crazy; learn how to tap into the special energies of an outrageous idea. I love this stuff!! Although I have never attended a retreat before, I am extremely curious and love the idea of not even having to leave the house! This retreat would be fantastic opportunity to check in with my heart and recharge my batteries. The sessions start February 12, 13 and 14, which would be right after my dear hubby has to leave for Israel for 3 months. I’m seriously considering doing this and just thought you, my friendly blog reader, might be interested as well. Go check it out at http://comfortretreats.com.
*We had Art class here at my house last night and I’d like to say Thank You Ladies to Denise, Debbie, Annette and Dana! I had such incredible fun sitting around my kitchen table, playing with Sculpey clay and drinking wine with you ladies! You all ROCK my world!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo
I’ll leave you with a quote by Charles Kingsley “We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life when all we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about“.
What do you think? What are you feeling enthusiastic about?
Thanks for reading.