The word enthusiasm is derived from the roots en: in or within, and theos: God. So enthusiasm is feeling the god within, or feeling god within you. I haven’t had as many occassions to feel enthusiasm in my life as I’d like, but it has been happening more and more, and right now I’m in the grip of it, and it’s giving me a much deeper understanding of what it really means.
As I mentioned earlier today, I’m thinking about having my own home. I’m totally wrapped up in the thought of it. I keep smiling for no reason. My mind is racing on things I can do to make it happen. I’m excited and happy and full of almost too much energy. I feel like everything is possible, and that my new reality is right around the corner.
I think that’s what enthusiasm is. And I understand the god within part of it now too. It’s just this feeling like you’re connected to the power and energy of everything that is or ever will be. Like there’s something inside you just pushing you forward, full of love and hope. It’s such a great feeling. I feel like I’m on the right path and nothing can stop me. There may be trials ahead, but I feel like I can surmount them all and I’ll get what I’m after. It’s almost enough to make me cry.
I wonder how many people get to feel this feeling. How often are people so fired up about something, so much on the right track that they just feel they’re going to burst from the happiness of it? I know that some of the teachers and gurus say it can happen often. I wonder how often? [laughs] I almost think you’d just literally pop if you felt this all the time, but on the other hand, how wonderful would it be to live in this kind of joy and hope and faith on a regular basis? It would be pretty amazing.
I do truly believe that we’re all connected to God or the Universe or whatever you call it. I believe it’s in us every day, we just need to reach in and make contact with it. I feel like I have that right now. I feel like everything is going to go my way and the world is on the verge of just opening up in such amazing ways for me.
When was the last time you felt real enthusiasm? What was it about?