Enthusiasm is the fire that burns in the belly of our ambitions. Without enthusiasm our ambitions wilt into pale and lifeless wishes. In fact, the phrase “wishy-washy” comes to mind whenever I consider the word wish. It has no power or sense of commitment in it.
Enthusiasm gets me out of bed in the morning when laziness wants me to hide from the day’s duties.
But I also know, that there are sometimes plenty of reasons for not being enthusiastic! For instance, having to tell someone they no longer have a job! Or, like a friend of mine who recently had to tell a roommate that she was no longer welcome in her home. And those are only a couple of average examples. No doubt, you could come up with some even bigger reasons to not be enthusiastic!
But let’s look at this whole subject of enthusiasm, not from the point of view of positive and negative circumstances that are always at play in our lives, but rather from the vantage points of consciousness, energy and free will.
Our world is built upon pairs of opposites; hot and cold, young and old, light and dark, strong and weak, rich and poor, and so on. But when we factor in man’s “Free Will”, our potential shifts from the idea of victim to that of co-creator.
To illustrate this I’m going to tell you a life altering personal story.
It was in September of 1967 when the purple jetliner banked hard to the left giving me my first real look at what would be my home for the next twelve months, provided of course that I didn’t come home earlier in a box! This was, after all, the Viet Nam War, where I was arriving for my assignment in the 25th Infantry Division.
After getting over the initial shock of “Am I really here?!” I realized that the Army food wasn’t the only reason I was feeling lousy! I had come down with a mysterious respiratory ailment and ended up in the division hospital. As I lay there for nearly two weeks, my mind kept hoping that I’d get sick enough to be sent back to Japan or even all the way back home.
But I didn’t get sicker. Instead, I started to recover.
And so in a few more days I was discharged and ordered back to my unit. And though that day is over forty years in the past, it is one of the most vivid and valued memories I have. Not for any momentous thing that happened on the outside, but rather, what happened on the inside!
The mid-day tropical sun felt like a blast furnace as I drug myself weakly along the dusty red earth road back toward my unit. And it was right then, under the merciless sun that I had the crushing realization, that this was one circumstance that I could not get out of. I realized that the only way for me to survive this year was to somehow make myself go through it. It then all distilled in my mind down to a free will choice between, “Am I going to be a victim of my circumstances here or am I going to create my own positive destiny with the power of my own mind, my own will and my own enthusiasm?”
And so by consciously and continuously choosing and acting upon that strong desire to create my own positive experience while everyone else was having a war was the life altering breakthrough of my young life. For from that amazingly successful year in Viet Nam I proved to myself that life can be an endless stream of miracles when I do my part and add the cosmic catalyst of willingness and its powerful twin, Enthusiasm to all my life’s experiences!
And though I’ve had countless challenges in my life since, just as you have, I’ve found that by choosing to bring the power of willingness and enthusiasm to whatever confronts me I somehow always receive the love and support I need from our Universal Source to help me move confidently and joyously forward each day on my homeward journey across the ages.
I’m John Johnston See you next time, here, On the Cosmic Porch!