I'm on a new topic today. A new question.
Do you think relationships need enthusiasm?
I looked up what enthusiasm meant - eager, interest, gusto, zeal, zest, passion, fervor, keenness, hobby, past time, pursuit, favorite activity, leisure, pursuit, . . . . The opposite of enthusiasm is apathy.
If one person is enthusiastic and the other person is not, what happens to that relationship? In a friendship for example - what happens if one friend is more enthusiastic than the other friend? Can the friendship survive - or does it really exist in the first place?
What about in marriage? What if one partner is more 'enthusiastic' than the other partner? Is that one cause of marriage breakdown? Is that what taking each other for granted means? Then good ole life and it's challenges get in the way. Of course add stress. Kids. Finances. All the stressed mound up and is that when apathy sets in? Avoidance?
Relationships are work, they take time and take effort. You have to make time don't you? Let me ask you - if it feels like a relationship is hard work - is it really a relationship? If it's a good relationship then is it easy to show enthusiasm?
I received this about enthusiasm and it got me to thinking-
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"Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your objective. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Add enthusiasm into what you do today and see what happens. Take the advice of philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), enthusiasm = greatness.
From the Greek adjective "enthous," which means, "possessed or inspired by God," enthusiasm means living life with passion and zeal. Showing eager interest, speaking with honest fervor. Putting yourself, who you are out there in all your rich colors of beauty.
"Vitality!" exclaimed dynamo actress Katharine Hepburn. "that's the pursuit of life, isn't it?"
Enthusiasm born of confidence, generates confidence... and credibility.
"Enthusiasm moves the world," claimed former English Prime Minister A.J. Balfour. Relationships are forged, you learn more, teams are built and excel with the spirit of enthusiasm.
Don't underestimate the power of enthusiasm; it's your personal power stamp. The positive energy is remarkable and contagious.
In concert, Bruce Springsteen infuses red hot enthusiasm into his audience with his utter, obvious, untiring joy while performing.
Take a chance, push it out with gusto! As writer Tennessee Williams once said, "Enthusiasm is the most important thing in life."
~~Do it with all your might... " From Daily Celebrations
Well I want to feel enthusiastic about something. I will admit that the last couple of months have taken a toll on me. I think losing both parents on the same day didn't take as much a toll on me than this wedding thing has. I feel I aged ten years. Of course I'm in a different place now than I was then . . . I'm tired.
I need to really start taking better care of myself. Relationships need enthusiasm to be good. What about the realationship you have with yourself? Do you have an enthusiastic relationship with yourself?
Being enthusiastic about myself - yourself - is a good place to start . . .
Thinking deeply about friends, family, and self.