Friday, August 15, 2014

This month I'm meditating on ...

...the word 'enthusiasm'.   Enthusiasm: absorbing or controlling possession of the mind by an interest or pursuit; lively interest.  syn: eagerness, warmth, fervor, zeal, ardor.

What a wonderful word when it comes to handwork/art/expression.  For me, I sometimes think my 'enthusiasms' are what bring me to life - give me expression - permission to dive in and see what happens.  Enthusiasm brings energy and the results pass along that energy.  Think of the artists you love and how their work impacts you.  Its like adding another dimension to the moment.  So often we are enmeshed in the daily tasks of life that we forget to add at least one moment (if not long hours) of enthusiasm - zest if you will - to the day. 

"Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars.  Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait.  The grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas." - Henry Ford


  1. Enthusiam is a good word to think about. So often people questiion what inspires, where their Muse has gone, and (I'm guilty of this) how to make time. But in truth, enthusiam leads to all of the above. Enthusiasm is the true quest.

    Good conversation post.
    xx, Carol

  2. Great thoughts, Penny! To just plunge in is so refreshing, shutting out cares of the day, indeed, to feel like a child again!

  3. Enthusiasm is also a very attractive quality,, even if they precise object of the enthusiasm isn't comprehensible!

  4. Enthusiasm = YEAST [thank you Henry]

    i like that so very much !
    Yeast ... what a word for what might [to sound very corny] rise ...

  5. And have you ever noticed how enthusiasm is magically infectious too? I love to be around people who are enthusiastic about what they're doing - no matter what it might be. My favorite example is Steve Irwin (the Crocodile Hunter). I adored him because of his bright enthusiasm. still miss that guy.



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