Enthusiasm is NOT to be taken lightly.
It’s not for the fainthearted (or boring, for that matter.)
Knowing this has helped me stand up a bit straighter this week and walk in a little more power than usual.
I have ALWAYS lived an enthusiastic life and my zest for even little things like greeting cards and puppy dogs is sometimes met with a head shake. Really? C’mon Brenda, it’s not THAT exciting, is it?
I once interviewed an elected official in my previous job as a Public Information Officer, and I found one of her answers to be so interesting I responded, “WOW!”
She literally (on camera) said, “Wow? What’s there to wow about?”
Fast forward 15 years and I’m still “WOW-ing” with my Word of the Week.
Only on a few occasions have I considered ramping down my approach to life a bit – particularly when it is met with an eye roll – but this is the way God made me and I’m sticking with it.
And, if I need further reinforcement, here are a few good ones:
And one final kicker:
Why do we curb our enthusiasm? It’s the old “Don’t get your hopes up and you won’t be disappointed” scenario.
In my early teen years I lived that way and it didn’t work for me. Since then, I’ve always got my hopes up.
Each week, I literally EXPECT to win the lottery. (I haven’t. YET.) When I check the numbers I say to myself, “Oh…not this week.” (With full enthusiasm that it MIGHT be next week…)
I could list a million things that make me enthusiastic…but one of the tricks in life is to summon enthusiasm for what OTHER people find thrilling. Instead of accompanying them under duress, it doubles their joy if you get into it, too. So while at first, the band YES was a no for me, I am now completely taken in by Jon Anderson’s voice and wouldn’t miss a chance to see him in concert. (YES is definitely a Duane thing.)
No, I don’t like to eat blue claw crabs. But I am enthusiastic about the picnic tables at Peace River Seafood where you sit with strangers for hours. Duane gleefully tries to beat his world record and I make friends.
I will never be enthusiastic about the Dallas Cowboys, but I’ll gladly go to a game (enthusiastically wearing my throwback Randall Cunningham jersey.)
Some of my greatest experiences in life have been those where I swallowed my LACK of enthusiasm and just joined in (parasailing, zip lining and snorkeling come to mind.)
Interestingly, all of the above involved my friend Anita.
You may not be enthusiastic about WHAT you’re doing, but if you are stoked about who you are doing it with, it can still fan your happy flame.
So no matter what this new WOW will be, let’s keep the fires of enthusiasm stoked (and stay stoked about life.) It just may be the fountain of youth!
Here’s the reveal of the new #WOW:
With all of your sweet comments about Duane’s special guest appearance last week, THIS week is a bit more subdued. (Hopefully we can get him to come back in the future and jazz things up.)
For now, may it ALL COME TOGETHER – for all us this week.