How’s your enthusiasm for life? Do you get up in the morning, ready to take on the challenges and experiences in store for you? Are you thankful to be alive? When I get up in the morning, I put my feet on the floor and say, “Thank you, Jesus, for another day!”
Do you know people who are upbeat about everything? They always seem to have a positive or encouraging word, a bounce in their step, or a smile on their face. Do you ever wonder where they get their energy and zest for life? Don’t you want some of that?
When we were young, I’m pretty sure we all had it. Then, as we grew older, the world and culture just seemed to gradually steal it from us. Children are a great example of enthusiasm. They get excited about everything. It doesn’t take much for them to leap for joy. Let’s get it back. When was the last time you leapt for joy? Enthusiasm is a discipline. That’s right, I said discipline. Let’s practice enthusiasm. It’s about learning to be content in every situation, being grateful for everything you’ve been given. It’s an excitement for what life brings—a positive outlook. Because truth be told, there are a lot of people around the world who have it a whole lot worse than we do, yet, somehow they still find enthusiasm for life and hope for the future.
Living Life Fully
Enthusiasm is about giving your best with joy because you know you’re giving it your all. It’s about doing things with energy and a smile even when you may not feel like it. It’s about treating every job and every person, as important. Going all out because people appreciate the effort. Anticipate the best outcome for each situation that is to come. Prepare for the best and deal with the worst. Keep going and trying. Don’t give up after the first failure, or the second, but learn from each experience.
Pain, sorrow and loss are all a part of life. There are times when we are sad, hurt or frustrated, but we can’t hang on to them. We need to feel them, deal with them, experience and learn from them, then move on because life is still worth living!
Enthusiasm comes easy for me. It is a something I’ve worked hard to develop. I am enthusiastic about writing this blog. To write something that may help someone else l shines a light within me. I want to encourage others to live life fully! I am enthusiastic about being a wife, mom, and a grandma! My job as a church secretary is such a blessing! I can’t imagine my life without any of it!. I feel complete and full of life! Did I use enough exclamation points to get my point across?
As a person of faith, I realize all of these things are gifts from God designed just for me. We all have gifts, how can we not be not be grateful and enthusiastic about them?
Here’s an enthusiasm worksheet I created to help you get on the bandwagon. Download and print it off. Drop me a line and let me know what you think.
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Schedule enthusiasm in your day. Put it in your planner. Be intentional and disciplined about it!!!
I appreciate you. God bless—Barb