“There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale
Have you ever noticed that enthusiastic people seem to enjoy life more than those who h0ld back? It’s as if this trait makes colors brighter and experiences richer. Maybe it really is the difference between mediocrity and excellence.
I suppose that makes sense; an early definition includes the phrase “having a god within.” Other definitions include words and phrases such as “a lively interest” or describes something that “absorbs or possesses the mind.”
Enthusiasm and passion seem to be natural in young children: running, jumping, yelling, laughing. In time that can change. As we learn about “grown up behavior” we may skip a little less and sing a bit more quietly. And when was the last time you didn’t want to fall asleep because you just didn’t want the day to end?
So if we learn to do a bit less running and jumping… and a good time doesn’t always result in grass-stains in the laundry, what does enthusiasm look like in grown-ups? It may be quieter, but it may resemble habitual gratitude and chronic appreciation. Applause at the end of a performance? Social media “likes” and “+”s?
How do you share enthusiasm with those around you?