Apr 162014

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Enthusiasm and passion are visible expressions of a positive attitude and, when we are lucky, we can see it in our kids.

They wake up early in the morning, bursting with energy and ready to go.  We are amazed that their enthusiasm and intensity seem to gain momentum, getting stronger as the day goes on.  Sometimes it even extends through bedtime: there are still so many great things left to do they don’t want to miss a single one of them.

It’s not always easy to sort through the noise and energy to continue to encourage this important trait.  But it may help to remember what Dale Carnegie told us so many years ago: “Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.”

So… take a deep breathe and join in.  Revisit your own inner child. See who can laugh the loudest or run the fastest.  Get down on the floor and build things with the little ones.  When the bigger kids are excited about a new artist, ask if you can hear a little.  And celebrate.

When chores are done….let’s have a family celebration!  When marks  improve, let’s have a celebration!  When goals are reached…. well, you get the idea.  After all, the more we celebrate the more we have to celebrate, right?





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  15 Responses to “Enthusiasm Plus Persistence Equals….”

  1. Yes!!! Let’s celebrate. Enthusiasm is contagious if you let it be. Naturally a very enthusiastic and life affirming kinda personality, I though, had to learn to ground myself, to find balance, too not burn out. So I think it is very important to feed enthusiasm in kids, but also to watch overstimulation. Teaching enthusiastic kids to ground themselves to find balance is equally important :-)) and should not be forgotten. Go spend time outside in nature, put your hands and feet into dirt or sand, play in the water – instant grounding and connection to mother earth and balance. Yay!

    • Nadia ~ that’s such an important reminder… and probably why I love my garden so much. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

  2. Unfortunately as adults we often forget to use the enthusiasm of our inner child. We should all practice the celebration of using our childlike innocence more often to lighten our lives.

    • I wonder if sometimes we think it’s “uncool” or not grown-up enough? Perhaps we need to look for a variety of ways to express it. <3

  3. What a lovely concept, celebration mode! I think — I know — I would benefit from more celebration every day! Thanks for the reminder.

    Love and magic,

    • Reminds me of keeping a gratitude journal… the more often we do it, the easier it gets. Thanks for your comment.

  4. Thanks for this reminder to celebrate life with enthusiasm!

  5. Thanks for the awesome reminder that we should never forget to enjoy life through the eyes of a child.

  6. Andrea thanks for the reminder to celebrate all of life’s blessings & accomplishments… large and small!

  7. When the chores are done? Heck, my inner child says, “Chores, smores, let’s have fun now!” Wink! Great article, Andrea!

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